Ose Anenih, the son of former Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, has joined the race for Esan North-East and South-East Federal Constituency seat in Edo State.
Anenih spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Monday after obtaining the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms.
He promised to work towards tackling security challenges and absence of potable drinking water in his constituency.
He said: “My constituency has a problem with access to water.
“I know the state and federal governments have done some work and we will be focusing on ensuring that the work is sustainable.
“We will also be focusing on general insecurity.
“Currently, you have trouble traveling between towns, so even though the towns are relatively safe, travelling between towns are very unsafe.
“If you can recall a couple of weeks ago, there was this deadly bank robbery that happened in Uromi, my town, where robbers came and held the town for almost three hours, unmolested
“I strongly believe that the way out of this current security troubles is state police in restructuring our security architecture and I will be pushing very hard to make sure that is done.”
Anenih said he was not banking on the political will of his late father, but was determined to walk the path of his own credibility.
He said: “I am not trying to fit into anybody’s shoes because I think everybody has his or her shoes they need to fit into.
“My father never actually contested for any elective office and so his own politics is slightly different from mine.
“I am looking to contest specifically for legislative office because I believe that democracy is literally built on the law that State Houses of Assembly and House of Reps members have.”
Anenih said though his father’s name could open doors for him in some places, he has chosen to develop himself.
He said: “If you go into some spaces and the fact that I am a son, they open doors, but you go into some other places and you don’t get such a warm reception.
“So, I think it balances it out and I had to stand on my own pedigree.
“Like I said, I came out 12 years ago and I have had more than a decade to develop myself professionally.
“I have two Master’s degree I am a project manager.
“I have served the party for 12 years at the state and federal levels and I am not here as Chief Anineh’s son, I am here as Ose Anineh.”