Fatai Ajidagba: A Grassroots Politician With Second Term Victory
Before Hon. Fatai Ajidagba contested for Ifelodun LCDA chairmanship few years ago, when I met him in 2009 at Inside-Ajeromi Newspaper award ceremony, where he was nominated as one of the awardees. Though the publisher, Mr. Edward Ndukwe knew he had an ambition to contest because of his grassroots legacies until he was picked for that noble position.
According to one of the community newspapers where one of the leaders said Hon.Fatai Ajidagba was a product of imposition. I want to correct that political expression that Hon.Fatai Ajidagba popularly known as ‘Ajifat’ was a God-sent to deliver Ifelodun politics from extinction not imposition as it was alleged.
With the present Ifelodun politics which the voters are wiser than the politicians indicate that Hon.Fatai Ajidagba’s victory would be traced to previous grassroots performances while in office. His office was opened to everybody not just Yoruba people and never run a tribal politics than providing for the poor.
He is the only Ifelodun politician that lives with the people and accessible to the people in all levels.Evey Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, you see the crowd of people that want to see Hon.Fatai Ajidagba for one favour or the other. He will make sure he sees everybody to his or her level.
Having received several awards to his credit over infrastructural developments in all the sectors and it would be difficult to erase Ajifat’s name from Ifelodun politics.Today, Pastor Ifeanyi OlubebeJesus has opened a facebook account on Bring Back Ajifat while Mindset Media Limited also using its platform to project Ajifat’s achievements for 3years in office.
One thing, you cannot take away from Ajifat is political humility to grassroots dwellers.Today, some political strugglers have decided to paint Ajifat as bad leader but failed to know the masses are voting for credibility not money.
The last election was an indication where voters collected money and voted for their choice candidates. No blame should be forwarded to Ajifat because some of the expired followers never had voters’ cards to vote but were given money for mobilization and he delivered his units appropriately. For APC to survive in Ifelodun LCDA where the impacts of Ajifat are known everywhere, his second term in office will complement his achievements. The mandate of Ajifat is the mandate of God that represents Ifelodun people.
If Ifelodun LCDA politics must survive, party supremacy must not be taken into consideration than allowing Ajifat to complete his second term. He has impacted on road construction, education, sports, health and others. He was the best performing Lagos State Local Government Chairman ever produced and remains the choice of the people. His achievements progress is not different from Hon.Adewale Adeogun,the immediate past Education Secretary who used his position to bring educational development to Ajegunle community and embraced all tribes.
He is known as Peoples’ chairman in Ifelodun LCDA.He has used his health centre to give free medical treatments to the poor and others. The peoples’ mandate cannot be subverted by any political cabal in Ifelodun or Ajeromi but voters’ choice must be respected.Ajifat is a tested and trusted grassroots politician who will not disappoint his people if voted for second term. He remains the voice of Ifelodun LCDA.He is happily married and blessed with children.
Pastor Godday Odidi
Social Media Analyst/Media Entrepreneur/Mindset Media Limited