21st September, 2011
There is confusion in Surulere Local Government, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria over the chairmanship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the council area.
While a group known as Surulere Joint Leaders, SJL, led by Colonel Rafiu Ajala (retd) claimed to have endorsed the current vice chairman of the council, Hon. Tajudeen Ajide as the partyâ€™s flag bearer, another strong group in the area known as Surulere Stakeholders Forum (SSF) has described the endorsement as a ruse.
In a statement jointly signed by Prince Adewunmi Bashorun, Alhaji Mohammed Garba (Arewa), Chief Chidi George (Ndigbo), and Alhaja Anike Wuraola, (market leader), Surulere Stakeholders Forum said that they reject the choice of Hon. Ajide, alleging that he was part of the indicted outgoing administration led by Dr. Rasaq Folami.
Part of the statement read: â€œIn as much as we still believe that the endorsement of Ajide as the chairmanship candidate of ACN in Surulere is a rumour, we want to warn that weâ€™ll resist such imposition with all force, having learnt from the past mistakes of our leaders.
â€œThis Forum comprises indigenes and non-indigenes from all parts of this country and even abroad. So nobody can decide our fate for us. Those political leaders who use opportunity like this to enrich themselves should leave us to decide our fate.
â€œIt is rather unfortunate that the same leaders who alleged that the incumbent chairman is corrupt, are the same people who are backing his deputy who was equally alleged to have spent N40 million in renovating his office. We say no to corrupt aspirants in Surulere.â€
The group appealed to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola and the AC N chairman in Lagos, Otunba Henry Ajomale to quickly wade into the matter and save Surulere from being set on political fire.
The SSF wondered how a candidate could have been picked out of the 30 aspirants without an open primary being conducted for them in the local government area.