8th October, 2010
The ambition of the chairman of Isolo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of LagosÂ State, Mrs. Modupe Oseghale-Fafowora to represent Isolo Federal Constituency in the HouseÂ of Representatives is creating crisis of confidence in the council area.
Political Train investigation revealed that the council boss has set her sights onÂ replacing current occupant of the seat, Honourable Jaiyeola Ajatta on the platform of theÂ Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN in the 2011 general election.
Our correspondentâ€™s visit to the Isolo secretariat revealed that there is uneasy calm atÂ the council asÂ OseghaleÂ has started wielding the big stick by puttingÂ her loyalists inÂ key political positions in the council area.
SheÂ has carried out a cabinet reshuffle in the council allegedly with her perceivedÂ political opponents either being asked to go outright or moved to lesser positions.
The Special Adviser to the chairman on Special Duties, Alhaji Kayode Folorunso, has thusÂ been removed by the council boss.
The Supervisor for Works, (perceived to be a strategic post), Alhaji Shamusudeen Olaleye,Â has been moved to a less strategic position as Supervisor for Agric. Olaleye is aÂ chairmanship aspirant in the council.
The former Supervisor for Environment, Mr. Ogunmakin, has been moved to head theÂ education department.
Oseghale is on the verge of completing her second term as chairman of Isolo LCDA, hence,Â her determination to replace Ajatta.
However, the general consensus in the council area was that Oseghale should not aim toÂ replace Ajatta since they are from the same ward. The general feeling is that other wardsÂ should be given chance to present candidates for the office.
Speaking with Political Train on the development on phone Oseghale-Fafowora said cabinetÂ reshuffle is a normal exercise in government, adding that her local government is not theÂ first that will do such.
Her words: â€œis cabinet reshuffle a crime or is it my local government that will be theÂ first to do it? Let me ask you again, is there a crime in moving a commissioner for worksÂ to environment? As far as those affected are Supervisory Councillors and their salariesÂ and imprest are not affected, I donâ€™t think there is anything wrong with that. “When toldÂ that the development is being ascribed to her political ambition, she replied thus.Â â€œinÂ fact they can attach it to anything, I donâ€™t care.â€