LAGOS LG POLL: COMMUNITY REJECTS ACN CANDIDATE
It was protest galore recently in Isolo, as protesters numbering more than 2000 converged at the Osolo of Isolo's Palace to register their protest over what they described as imposition of unpopular candidate on the community as the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chairmanship candidate for the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
The protesters carried placards with different inscriptions such as, We reject imposition of candidates, Enough is enough, We can't trust a man who preaches sex for Haji, We are tired of lack of development in Isolo, etc.
After registering their protest at the Osolo of Isolo's palace, the protesters proceeded to Acme Road, the ACN state headquarter in convoy of more than 20 commercial buses to register their rejection of the ACN chairmanship candidate to the party leadership and from there to Alausa and Bourdillon, Ikoyi, home of the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu to register their protest, with a call to remedy the situation with the people's choice, Hon. Mojeed Ajani.
While addressing the media during the protest that almost got out of control, the traditional ruler of Isolo ancient kingdom, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, pleaded with Asiwaju Tinubu to honour the agreement he had with Isolo community in 2008, when he urged them to allow the outgoing chairman of the council to serve and that the community would have one of her indigenes as a candidate of the party for the 2011 local government elections.
The royal father, who spoke on behalf of his people, said despite the fact that he is not a politician, he has the responsibility to tell the authorities the decision of his people. The Osolo explained that since the unfortunate news broke out that an unpopular candidate in the person of Hon. Olaleye Shamsudeen, against the preferred candidacy of Hon. Mojeed Ajani, he and his chiefs as well as other community leaders in Isolo had never slept with their two eyes closed, as the people have been restive.
He, therefore, pleaded with ACN national leader to intervene and ensure that the community's preferred candidate is made the candidate of the party for the sake of justice. He explained that his people are peace-loving and party loyalists and should not be treated as if they do not matter.
'As you can see, these are my chiefs and other leaders of the various ethnic communities, who are residents of Isolo. They are here as a result of the shocking news that we received recently to the effect that an unpopular candidate in the person of Hon. Shamsuden Olaleye, instead of Hon. Mojeed Ajani has been nominated as the candidate of ACN in the forthcoming local government elections.
'I am a traditional ruler, I am not a politician but I have a responsibility to convey to the authorities the decision and wish of my people.