12th August, 2011
In a move to encourage clean politics and a healthy relationship among politicians, especially those gunning for the seat of local government chairman in the area, residents of Oshodi, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria, have advised people playing ‘dirty politics’ to desist from the act.
They have also described a leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) boss in the area, Comrade Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya a.k.a. MC Oluomo, as their benefactor, through his widespread philanthropic gestures in Oshodi and beyond, therefore advising the people calling for his head in the society to desist from such.
Comrade Sulaimon Yusuf a.k.a. George Bush, vice president of a group called Oshodi One set up by the residents, advised people suspected to be involved in politics of violence and campaign of calumny to shun the acts.
He also advised the people behind the blackmail sponsored against the transport union boss to stop and brace up to test their popularity at the forthcoming primary polls before seeking election into the local government secretariat.
It was gathered that since Oluomo and some elders of ACN in the area endorsed Bolaji Ariyoh, a chairmanship hopeful for the forthcoming local government election some weeks ago, the NURTW boss had been blackmailed severally by some disgruntled people in the area.
But according to Bush, who is also a respected youth in the area, Ariyoh is not only believed to know the nitty-gritty of politics, he has been tested and trusted having passed through the tutelage of the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for many years.
“We have noticed that since Ariyoh was endorsed, some people have been going to town to blackmail Oluomo despite all the good things the young man has been doing to promote peace and unity in our area. For this reason, we want to reiterate that he is not an impostor, but a good Moslem and a man that loves to nurture other people to greatness. He is peaceful and law abiding,” Bush said.
Also speaking, Chief Olufemi Loye, another ACN chieftain in the area, said all elders of the party joined hands with MC Oluomo to endorse Ariyoh “because apart from the fact that he studied in Harvard, one of the best universities in the world, he is from a noble and successful political family in Oshodi. His father, a politician, was a very close ally of the late Pa Obafemi Awolowo and his mother is still very active in politics and also a leader of the ACN in Oshodi. He is a son of the soil and therefore knows where the shoes pinch and we have no doubt that he will relieve us all of our pains.”