“My agenda is to bring more FG presence to Ikorodu, Lagos State”- Otunba Tijani
Otunba Olasunkanmi Jimoh Tijani, former Chairman, Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area (LCDA) has revealed that ensuring more federal government presence in Ikorodu and Lagos State in general will be his major focus if elected into Federal House of Representatives.
The former council helmsman popularly known and called “TJ” and “Omo Daada” by his teeming supporters made this revelations recently while declaring his intention to vie for the position presently occupied by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Speaking with IMPACT recently at Ijede, Otunba Tijani said, “The presence of federal government is not felt at all in Ikorodu and that is going to be my focus. I am going to use my power as a Representative of my people to bring more federally funded projects into Ikorodu since we cannot leave everything to the state government. I will facilitate infrastructural development for my people among other programmes.”
Otunba Tijani who also promised to ensure the federal government give more attention to Lagos State added that youths and women empowerment, quality legislation and adequate representation among others are parts of his programmes for the constituents.
Otunba Olasunkanmi Jimoh Tijani was the first Vice Chairman of Ikorodu North Local Development Area (LCDA) and the second chairman of the council after Hon. Kunle Ogunbela. He contested for the position of Ikorodu Central Local Government but the party preferred the incumbent. He was a teacher and grassroots politician with great network of connections.
Aroyewun joins race for House of Representatives
Hon. Taofeek Aroyewun joining the race for the sole position of Ikorodu Federal Constituency has further given credence to Constituency II readiness to have a taste of the seat that has been the preserve of Ikorodu Constituency I since 1999.
Since the emergence of the present Republic in 1999, Ikorodu Constituency I has monopolized the sole seat in the Lower Chamber of National Assembly with Alhaja Odujinrin occupying the seat from 1999 to 2003 and ever since, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has been on the seat having been elected for three-term consecutively.
Prince Aroyewun Taofeek Adeyinka was born into the family of Alhaji (Otunba) Rasheed Babalola Omotayo Aroyewun, the Late Otunba Onadugba and the immediate past secretary of the Rademo ruling House of Ikorodu and Alhaja Aroyewun from the Babagunwa Family in Ikorodu. He attended Local Government Primary School now Home Economic Centre Ikorodu and Ikorodu Grammar School. Proceeded to Lagos State College of Education now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, where he obtained a National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Economics and Mathematics and Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) Ile-Ife, where he had his first Degree (B.Sc.) in Economics.
After his mandatory youth service, Aroyewun worked with the National Electric Power Authority before joining the family business of Bateru General Agencies Limited, a licensed custom’s agency to run the business of clearing and forwarding in Nigeria.
He is an active member of the Ikorodu Grammar School old Student’s Association; member of the immediate past National Executive committee of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education Alumni Association; member of National Clearing Agents of Nigeria; member of the P.D.P State monitoring committee; member of People’s Democratic Party Local Government candidates forum (2008) at the State level and the chairman of the Ikorodu Local Government PDP candidates forum for 2008 Local Government Election.
Aroyewun is a very strong advocate of equitable distribution of power and representation, which informed the reason he and some other like-minds formed “ASIKOTO MOVEMENT”, an association with the aim of awakening Ikorodu indigenes towards the realization of the “Ikorodu for Governor’’ project. The project which has been abandoned since it could not be realized in 2007 is now tending towards actualization.
An advocate of fairness and equity in sharing political values, Aroyewun while declaring his intention to the IMPACT said, “it is worthy of note that Ikorodu Federal Constituency has been represented at the National Assembly since 1999 by indigenes from constituency 1. Hon. Odujirin (Ward A4) 1999 – 2003, Hon. Abike Dabiri (Ward A1) 2003 to date. This makes it almost 16years of constituency 1 representing our Federal Constituency. The minority constituency (Ikorodu Constituency 2) deserves to be given the chance to represent us (Ikorodu at Federal level), in the spirit of equal participation, rotation and federal character principle.”
Aroyewun whose family ties spread across all major towns of Ikorodu division Rademo / Mosene in Ikorodu, Gbarule-Obateru Royal Family in Egbin/Ijede and Aroyewun compound of Igbogbo/Baiyeku, said that it has “given him the required relationship to make a more meaningful representation for the constituency.”
While presenting his programme to IMPACT, Prince Aroyewun stated that “Ikorodu Federal Constituency deserves a more domestic representation, and functional Constituency office. We are the only division in Lagos State that has only one Local Government. We deserve more than what we have, my representation shall work to achieve an additional substantial Local government, better than the inchoate LCDA’s as we have it now.”
He pledged that his representation shall support laws and motion that shall help develop Ikorodu industrially, hereby assist in creating employment and other infrastructure; sponsor motions at the House to ensure that the Federal government is involved in the development of this Local government; shall work very hard on the initiation of bills that will make us benefit more from our endowment as regards generation of power Egbin Thermal Station which has been privatized; bring direct benefit to the people as intended by the spirit and letter of the relevant laws and regulations; make the voices of the constituents heard in Abuja, drawing from the resolution of the consultative council and town hall meetings and champion enabling legislation to enhance education at all levels and areas as a tool for creating knowledge based society.
Prince Taofeek Aroyewun has at various times contested for Ikorodu Constituency II seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Chairmanship positions in Ikorodu Central LG and Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA.
Hon. Animashaun for House of Representatives, promises quality representation
Former representatives Ikorodu Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Hon. Ola Animashaun, has declared his interest to contest for Ikorodu House of Representatives seat and promised quality representation.
Hon. Animashaun represented Ikorodu Constituency I between 1999 and 2003, when his attempt to lead the state assembly as Speaker pitched him with the then governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He was to emerge as an opposition figure within the defunct Alliance for Democracy, opposing the state government’s policies.
Animashaun in a chat with THE IMPACT promised to use his connection within the ruling party to bring more federal presence to Ikorodu and also effective and quality legislation that will positively impacted on the electorates.
He is the Principal Partner at Animashaun & Onojobi, Legal Practitioners and immediate-past secretary of Oriwu Club, Ikorodu.
He moved to the opposition party, PDP with Sen. Seye Ogunlewe and became his close aide. He has been having running battle with the Lagos State government especially on Land Use Charge in the High Court.
“The good people of Ikorodu Federal Constituency, I’m offering myself again for service. I represented you well once. I redoubtably fought your battles. While most of my colleagues were hobnobbing with Tinubu and passing obnoxious laws, I stood on the side of the people. I opposed his act of plunging the State into indebtedness. I saw the Land Use Charge Law as oppressive, I sued the government over it.””
As a member of the state legislature, Hon. Animashaun was instrumental to the switching on of the first digital telephone facility in Ikorodu; initiated at least three private members bill – Employees Transportation Law, Regulations Approval Law and Handicapped Peoples’ Welfare Law.”
Impact editor, declares for House of Representatives race, promises life-changing programmes
Young and dynamic Contributing Editor of The Impact Newspaper, Mr Niran “Wake-up” Adeyemi has declared his intention to contest for Ikorodu Federal House of Representatives seat on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC).He disclosed this recently when he addressed members of the press at the secretariat of League of Journalists, Ikorodu. The aspirant also promised life-chnaging programmes for constituents
Niran Adeyemi attended African Bethel Primary School, Ikorodu; Oriwu (Model) College, Ikorodu and Universal College of Technlogy, Ile-Ife, Osun State for his primary, secondary and tertiary education respectively.
He is the Chief Exective Officer, Adonai Concept Nigeria, a general merchant company; Board Member. Metropolitan 247, a quarry and dredging company. He is Media Consultant to Hon. Adeola Muhydeen Jokomba, Chairman, Ikorodu North LCDA; Convener, Movement for Ikorodu Youth for Development (MIYD) and Frontline Member, Ikorodu Ambassadors. He is the Contributing Editor, Impact Newspaper.
The aspirant was born into a politically enlightened family of Prince and Princess Samuel Olusegun Adeyemi, popularly known and called, ‘Wake-up’. His father was the Chairman, National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Ikorodu Chapter; Coordinator, Sir Michael Otedola Campaign in Ikorodu during the SDP/NRC era and Coordinator, Late Funsho Williams Campaign Organization, as well as the Special Adviser to the former Minister of Works, Mr Femi Anibaba.
If elected, Mr Niran Adeyemi promised to embarked on life-changing empowerment programme for constituents; skill acquisition programs to encourage self employment; busary awards for indigent students; supports for sports and other talents development; facilitation of developmental projects such as motorrable roads, pipe-borne water, rural electrification among others. Also, he intends to provide health centres, one each in the six local government and local council development areas in Ikorodu and facilitation of expansion of Ikorodu-Shagamu and Ikorodu- Itoikin Roads.
Primate Odugbesi declares for House of Representatives
Primate Charles Odugbesi, the immediate past secretary, All Progressive Congress (APC), Lagos State became the first aspirant to publicly declare intention to contest for Ikorodu Federal Constituency sole seat.
He made the declaration recently at a press briefing in Ikorodu where he addressed selected community-based newspapers as first part of his declaration.
In his speech, Primate Odugbesi said that the time has come for him to declare for House of Representatives contest in order to provide adequate representation for his people.
“There is time for everything and I always commit my journeys into God’s hands before anything. I have consulted with my people and now I am publicly declaring my intention and readiness to contest for the Federal House of Representatives seat. After eight years of my meritorious and unblemished service as State Secretary of APC, the minimum position I can aspire for is House of Representatives”, Primate Odugbesi said while declaring his intention.
The former APC Scribe at the state level listed, sustenance of his Non-Governmental Organization, which is concern with youths development and leadership training; facilitation of more federal projects to Ikorodu; building women and youths capacity; working towards recognition of Local Council Development Areas as full-fledge councils; sponsoring individually and jointly bills that will positively impact on the people and periodic feed-back among others, as parts of his political agenda.
Primate Odugbesi while responding to question on the agitation of Constituency II and request for the House of Representatives seat which has been dominated by Constituency I, said, “We see ourselves as one family and not as divided house. I know their plights because I have been on the field with them and I know how to address their yearnings. Power is never served a lar carte, and everybody is constitutionally empowered to declare for any position. It is the party machinery and the people that will eventually decide who represents us”
Chairman of the campaign organization, Alhaji Jimoh Ogunmuyiwa, assured the people that the former APC State Scribe has all it takes to represent Ikorodu people in the House of Representatives and should be supported.
At the press briefing were Alhaji (Hon) Jimoh Ogunmuyiwa, former Chairman, Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA and Chairman Charles Odugbesi Campaign Organizatio (COCO), Alhaji Bosunra Gbolahan Tairu, representative of Ikorodu Constituency I, Hon. Femi Agbi, representative of Ikorodu Constituency II and Mr Olawale Fadayomi.
Shonubi joins House of Representatives contest
Mr Adebiyi Tanimola Shonubi, the son of late Chief Alade Olu Shonubi, the former Asalu of Ikorodu, popularly known and called “Alan Sho”, has joined the race for the Ikorodu Federal House of Representatives seat on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Shonubi hold a bachelor and post-graduate degrees in Economics. He also obtained Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Scotland. He started his working career with Equitorial Trust Bank in 1996 and later with New Nigerian Bank in 1998.
While in England, Shonubi worked with Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and other establishments. He is currently the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Semilia Group which comprises of Semila Project Management and Sunland Energy. He is also the Executive Director, Adex Hotels, Shoteyo Investment Group and Estate View Engineering Company.
His father, late Chief Alade Olu Shonubi was a chieftain of Social Democratic Party (SDP).