18th August, 2011
Political leaders in Ojodu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State have warned local government aspirants against fomenting trouble in the area following their adoption of an aspirant for the 22 October local government polls in the state.
Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN leaders at a meeting, were said to have thrown their weight behind the candidature of Mr. Yomi Tijani as the chairman of the LCDA. This, it was learnt, did not go down with the incumbent chairman of the local government, Olumuyiwa Oloro, who is reportedly doing everything possible to make the leaders rescind their decision.
A community leader in Oke-Ira, Dr. Kunle Shodeke said nothing should be done to disturb the peace of the area as a result of the decision by ACN stakeholders to back the candidature of Mr. Tijani as the chairman of the LCDA in the comiong polls.
Shodeke called on the incumbent chairman to stop blackmailing people unnecessarily simply because the leaders did not support his candidature.
“If has has any problem with ACN leaders in the area, he should go and resolve his problems with them instead of trying to discredit the leadersâ€™ choice. His advisers should coach him on the tradition of ACN which normally pick its candidate on merit. He should be advised to take his complaint to the party leaders instead of causing chaos in the area,â€ he stated.
Another resident of Oke-Ira, Segun Ogungbe, described Oloroâ€™s campaign to make the leaders rescind their decision as a lost battle. Oloro has been in the politics of the area for more than 12 years and he cannot point to anything as his achievement in office. He was vice chairman for more than eight years so what is he looking for again,â€ he asked?
Another resident of the LCDA, Yusuf Adekanbi described Tijani as the best man for the job â€œbecause he is very intelligent, cool and tolerant. He is an experienced politician with the necessary charisma.â€