The agitation of Ijede and Egbin for the Ikorodu Constituency II seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly took a dramatic twist on Sunday (yesterday) as the two communities took spiritual approach to fight perceived forces working against their chances to occupy the coveted seat come 2023.
Traditional groups from both communities which are the major settlements that constitutes the Ijede Local Council Development Area (LCDA), embarked on procession round both towns, cursing anyone working against them regarding the Assembly seat.
The chances of Ijede community to present candidate for the seat has been under threat since the incumbent, Hon. Nurudeen Solaja who is from Imota LCDA, has declared that he would be seeking re-election for the third term.
Going by the rotational arrangement in Ikorodu Constituency II, it should be the turn of ljede LCDA which last produced occupant for the Assembly seat between 1999 and 2097 for two terms.
The council is, however, deemed primed for the position based on the rotational arrangement put in place for the seat in the Constituency after Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA had occupied same between 2007 and 2015 and Imota’s turn which began in 2015 is set to end in 2023.
However, the incumbent, Hon. Nurudeen Saka Solaja, seems to have thrown spanners in works of the rotational arrangement as he has insisted on aspiring for the third term to get principal office position in the Assembly while also claiming that he has the constitutional right to aspire against the rotational arrangement.
The Igunnnu, Jigbo, Awo opa, Osugbo traditionalists as well as the Erelus, led by High Chief Alliu Musediq, the Regent/Olisa of Ijede alongside other important and key traditional leaders like Aro, Odofin, Ajana, Iya Agan of Awo Opa and all other traditional leaders, prayed for the position to return to Ijede and cursed anyone preventing or working against their demand.
The procession started from the Alajede palace and went round the town.
In Egbin Awo Opa , Osugbo, Erelus and other important traditional groups also took to the streets with High Chief Lateef Saminu Shokoya, the Olisa of Egbin, Oluwo , Aro, Onimale, Lapinni and others chiefs leading the procession, for the same purpose.