14th September, 2011
Igbo speaking community in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area of Lagos State has denied ever supporting the second term ambition of the incumbent chairman of the council, Mr. Oladele Adekanye.
Speaking with LG Circuit, Chief Sunday Udeh, chairman of the group, said â€œwe want to counter an earlier publication that we are supporting the second term ambition of the incumbent chairman. There is no iota of truth in the said publication.
â€œI want to tell you that there was no time that we, the Igbo people, sat together and said we are supporting any candidate for second term. Igbo in Mainland have been seriously marginalised and we want a change of leadership. As the coordinator in all local government councils, I have had the opportunity of seeing our people emerging councillors or supervisors in other councils.
â€œBut here in Mainland, there is nothing of such. We have not been carried along in the scope of things here and our people are suffering. This is where we reside, have our properties, own businesses, pay taxes, send our children to school and the government here did not deem it fit to give us a sense of belonging.
â€œWe therefore seek a change of leadership in the local government administration. We seek a government that will be transparent and one that will carry the Igbo speaking community along,â€ said the second vice president of Igbo speaking community in the state.
The chairman of Ohaneze, Lagos Mainland Local Government, Mr. Christian Chukwu, corroborated Udehâ€™s claim and called for maximum cooperation between the local government and the Igbo speaking community in the area.
According to Ifeanyi Okafor Kalu, â€œthe leadership of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) should look inward by deciding on who picked the partyâ€™s ticket in the forthcoming local government election in council area.
In a swift reaction to the allegations levelled against him, Adekanye said all tribes in the local government were being treated as one, irrespective of their political affiliations, adding that such allegations were expected, most especially in this period in the state.
â€œWe cannot do away with this kind of allegations, most especially now that political activities are picking up in the state. I want to tell you that there is no iota of truth in all the allegations. Here in our local government, we donâ€™t discriminate. We treat everybody as one big family and all my people can attest to this fact. Therefore, I have no problem with anybody in the local government as being speculated by some sections of the society,â€ he said.