Nigeria: Paralympic athlete declares for House of Reps
London, August 31, 2018 (AltAfrica)-A former Nigerian Paralympic International Vitalis Lanshima, has declared his intention to represent Jos North/Bassa federal constituency at the House of Representatives.
Lanshima set three world records at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Australia
Declaring his intention at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the athlete who had his hands amputated at the age of 12 said he decided to venture into politics to make a change.
Vitalis Lanshima is flanked by two of his supporters during the press briefing.
“I’m always complaining of bad roads, lack of drinking water, electricity in the country but it’s time to do something about it.
“In Nigeria, we can do better and that is why I’m contesting. With my knowledge and experience, I know I can contribute in building Nigeria to a level where we can stand among the best in the world”, he said.
The year 2000 Paralympic sensation who said he’s contesting on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) said though he was still consulting, he is the most qualified candidate from his constituency for the position.
He said his decision to pitch his tent with APC was because the party is the only one in line with his agenda of bringing about change to his people.
“I’m telling APC that I can deliver on the promises it made and have not been able to deliver,”
The former Nigerian international said his disability would not count against him at the poll, stressing that his people wanted someone with talents and experience which he said, qualified him for the post.
He vowed to make transparency his watchword if given the mandate, promising that all allocation to his constituency and money spent will be published throughout his tenure.
Lanshima is currently the first person with disability to serve on Louisville Metro Council in Kentucky, United States of America.