A Peoples Democratic Party stalwart in Ekiti State, Senator Gbenga Aluko, has urged wealthy businessmen, including Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and Mr. Femi Otedola to go into politics.
Aluko said this in Ode Ekiti on Saturday in an interview with journalists.
He noted that prominent politicians across the globe, including former United States President, George Bush among others, were some of those, who were highly successful in business before going into politics.
Aluko, who is seeking to contest the 2014 governorship election in the state, said corruption would be reduced if wealthy people seek political offices.
Aluko said, “Politics should not be seen as a profession. In America, where we copied our presidential system from, some of their great politicians like George Bush, George W. Bush, and Al Gore made it big in business before coming into politics.
“George W. Bush was into oil and gas. What these people went for in politics is service and not the wealth they would amass. If people like Aliko Dangote and other big businessmen go into politics, they would not be desperate like those who see political offices as means to corruptly enrich themselves.”
According to him, honest and wealthy people should not shy away from holding political offices, saying their presence in politics, will assist the country to overcome the problem of corruption in public places.
The former lawmaker said the party was ready to return to the Ekiti Government House in 2014.