22nd January, 2015
A Lagos-based traditional ruler, His Royal Majesty Oba Akinyemi Alabiru of Ikaare Kingdom in Amuwo-Odofin, has appealed to the leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State to look into the looming crisis capable of splitting the people of Ikaare and Waterside following the APC primary elections in which Wale Rauf Sulaimon emerged as winner of the party’s ticket for Amuwo-Odofin Constituency II in the House of Assembly next month.
Alabiru made the appeal at the end of the annual stakeholders’ meeting of the people of Ikaare with Oba-in-council of Ikaare Kingdom which was held recently in his palace.
The monarch noted that the victory of Sulaimon at the last APC primary election did not go down well with some aspirants, hence the looming crisis in the party in Amuwo-Odofin Constituency II.
“On behalf the entire people of Ikaare therefore, I request the National leader of APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and State Chairman of the party, Chief Henry Ajomale, the vice chairman Badagry Division and the Local Government Executives of the party to look into the looming criss that may split the people of the Waterside and also create enmity among us.
“The people of Ikaare do not want violence in the area and it is as a result of this tha I am pleading on behalf of them for the intervention of the party leaders before it is too late,” he said.
Alabiru revealed that Sulaimon won the primary election across board in all the wards which include: Ward D( Kirikiri), Ward E1 (Amuwo Kuje), Ward E2 (Agboju), Ward G(Satellite Town), Ward F( Ijegun Egba), Ward H(Ikaare), Ward I( Ibeshe) and Ward J(Igbologun).
“When our son, Sulaimon emerged as then Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, candidate in 2011, the young, vibrant politician was robbed by some political giants in the Waterside for Mrs Ramotalai Akinola Hassan. We are using this medium to warn all the concerned individuals to let justice prevail. The mandate that was given to him by the entire great people of his constituency cannot be robbed again,” he said.
Last week, Sulaimon’s supporters delivered a protest letter to Mr Henry Ajomale, APC chairman in Lagos State, alleging that his name has been substituted in Abuja with that of the incumbent member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs Ramotalai Akinola Hassan, who was defeated in the primary by Sulaimon.