17th October, 2011
The Chairman of Ikoyi Obalende Local Council Development Area, Eti Osa, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, Hon. Adewale Adeniji, has flagged off his chairmanship campaign ahead of the coming local government polls alongside the five returnee councillors.
The event which took place at the Obalende recreation centre, had in attendance all Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, leaders in Ikoyi Obalende and almost all residents of the council, including market men and women, okada riders, artisans and the youths.
The rally literally halted business activities in the area as shop owners and business operators closed their shops to attend the rally to show support for Adeniji.
Some of those who spoke with P.M.NEWS at the rally said Adeniyi has already won in the coming election and that the rally was just a formality and due process.
They claimed that the chairman has touched their lives in all ramifications in the past three years, more than any past local government chairman in Ikoyi-Obalende.
The rally was further electrified when about 200 members of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party, PDP, All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP and Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, defected to ACN to back Adeniji.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mrs. Florence Tobi, a.k.a. Iya Omo, said: â€œI was a staunch member of the ACN before the last governorship election, but due to political disagreements, some of us left the party. But I and others have decided to to come back to the house we worked hard to build to ensure that ACN wins in the coming election.â€
Speaking at the rally, Hon. Adeniji thanked the residents and all those who retraced their steps and came back to the ACN.
He said with what has happened, opposition parties including the PDP and others are dead in Ikoyi Obalende.
â€œIf elected, I will run an all inclusive government, improve on infrastructure development, rehabilitate the Obalende round about, provide bursary awards and GCE forms to indigent residents and empower the youths to be self reliant,â€ he promised.