10th December, 2010
A traditional ruler, Oba Sikiru Babatunde Aguda of Agudaland, and the residents of aÂ constituency in Surulere, Lagos, South-West Nigeria, have cried out over what theyÂ described as their continued neglect by their representative at the State House ofÂ Assembly.
They accused Hon. Razak Balogun representing Surulere Constituency 1 of abandoningÂ them after they voted for him as member of the state House of Assembly.
Speaking with some journalists recently, the Alaguda accused Hon. Balogun ofÂ neglecting those who elected him in 2003. The monarch also claimed that Balogun doesÂ not have a Constituency office in the area.
He named some of the challenges to include lack of potable water and infrastructure.
Aguda said: â€œEver since we elected him, we have not had the opportunity to meet withÂ him.
â€œThe only person we see from time to time is the Coker-Aguda Local CouncilÂ Development Area, Chairman, Babatunde Aliyu Kazeem.”
Some constituents who spoke with P.M.NEWS about the lawmaker also corroborated theÂ monarch’s claims.
They said the lawmaker who is serving his second term in office does not relate withÂ them or implement programmes to assist them like his colleagues in the House oftenÂ do.
They said they have made several efforts to reach him, all to no avail as he was notÂ available. They threatened to ensure that he does not represent them after thisÂ time.
However, when contacted, Hon. Balogun described the allegations as a figment of theÂ reporter’s imagination adding that he was not sure anybody could make suchÂ allegations against him.
He explained that as a lawmaker, he was elected to represent the people and that heÂ had carried out his responsibilities well adding that since he had spent severalÂ years of his existence in the constituency, it would be uncalled for to be accusedÂ of distancing himself from his constituents.