that the incumbent Member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Nurudeen Saka Solaja, will now have to contend with more than what he bargained for in his quest to seek a third term in office.
In what could be described as a major blow to the lawmaker’s aspiration, the entire royal fathers in the constituency on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, made a statement that they are in support of the continuity of the rotational agreement that has been in existence for decades.
The position of the three council chairmen and royal fathers in the constituency was made public today through a statement published on the social media page of Builder Sesan Daini, Chairman, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA.
The statement titled, “Royal Fathers, Council Chairmen, Stakeholders Decide Pendulum Swing To Ijede”, was signed by the Chief Press Secretaries to the council bosses – Razaq Kabiru Babatunde, Chief Press Secretary, Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, Mr Lekan Soipe, Chief Press Secretary, Imota LCDA and Durojaiye Nurat Temitope, Chief Press Secretary, Ijede LCDA.
The three Council Chairmen in the constituency – Bldr. Olusesan M. Daini, Executive Chairman Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA. Hon. Prince Wasiu Agoro, Executive Chairman Imota LCDA and Hon.Gbadebo Motunrayo Alogba, Executive Chairman, Ijede LCDA, had on Monday, March 4, 2022, met at the Ijede LCDA Secretariat to deliberate on the sensitive issue and at the of their meeting, agreed on the continuation of the unwritten agreement.
THE IMPACT gathered that there was no problem at all when the three council bosses met as they agreed on the arrangement which they said brought the incumbent in as the legislator representing the Ikorodu Constituency II.
It was gathered that the decision of the council chairmen prompted the three royal fathers and one regent in the constituency, some of whom had, before now, insisted that the rotational agreement must continue, to also make their position public through the three councils.
THE IMPACT also gathered that the Alajede – in – Council led by High Chief Alliu Musediq, the Regent/Olisa of Ijede played a very role in ensuring that the three Council Chairmen and traditional rulers agreed on the rotational arrangement.
“The pendulum of Ikorodu Constituency II state assembly seat finally swings to Ijede for common good, after due consultations”, the statement stated.
“The Royal Fathers and the three Executive Chairmen of Constituency II, Bldr. Olusesan M. Daini, Executive Chairman Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA. Hon. Prince Wasiu Agoro, Executive Chairman Imota LCDA and Hon.Gbadebo Motunrayo Alogba, Executive Chairman, Ijede LCDA, unanimously agreed on the decades-old rotational arrangement for Ikorodu Constituency II seat”, it added.
The statement stated that Oba Ajibade Agoro, the Ranodu of Imota, the royal father who played a prominent role in the emergence of Hon. Solaja as the representative of the constituency, spoke on behalf of the other royal fathers.
“HRM the Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro, speaking on behalf of the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, HRM Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, the Olubeshe of Ibeshe, HRM Oba Richard Ogunsaya, the Obateru of Egbin Kingdom, HRM Oba AbdulAkeem Oyebo Obateru and the Regent/Olisa of Ijede, High Chief Musediq Alliu, communicated the unanimous decisions of royal bodies to the three Local Council Chairmen”.
There has been serious argument and counter argument among the supporters of the incumbent, aspirants for the coveted position from Ijede LCDA and residents over the moral right of Hon. Solaja who, according to report, campaigned and elected on ‘Turn by Turn” agreement, to seek re – election on the ground that he wanted to use it to seek for the Principal position in the House of Assembly.
Many have also stated that his legislative and representative performances in the last year does not make him an aspirant to be considered for third term re – election.
Meanwhile, some of his supporters have been maintaining their positions that he has the constitutional right to jettison the agreement and contest as an individual.
We have been unable to reach Hon. Solaja to get his comment on the development and WhatsApp message sent to him has not been responded to as at the time of going to the press.
When our reporter reached Niyi Soyebo, the Media aide to Hon. Solaja, on phone for his comment, he politely said that, “We have no comment Sir. Thank you”.