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2015: Ikorodu Monarchs, Elders Canvass Guber Candidacy

 Ahead the 2015 general election, the council of traditional rulers and elders in Ikorodu division has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the governorship position to the area.

The council equally said of  the six administrative divisions in the state, only Ikorodu and Badagry have not produced governor in the state, noting that it was the turn of Ikorodu to occupy the position.

The Odofin of Ikorodu, Chief Kabiru Sotobi disclosed this at a recent news conference the Ikorodu Division Solution Alliance (IDSA) organised in Ikorodu, asking the indigenes of Ikorodu to join the 2015 race.

Sotobi, who spoke on behalf of traditional rulers in Ikorodu division, said the traditional rulers and elders would support candidacy of any Ikorodu indigene irrespective of his political affiliations.

He explained that it was the turn of Ikorodu “to produce the next governor of Lagos State. I am not bothered about the zoning arrangement; the groups coming out now are not politicians. Ikorodu people should ensure that they do not lose their voting rights.

“We want Ikorodu to produce the next governor of Lagos. The eminent personalities in Ikorodu are not doing this alone. Our mission is to have governor who comes from Ikorodu come 2015.

“If the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) decides to have candidate from Ikorodu, we will support them, if the All Progressives Congress (APC) decides to have candidate from Ikorodu, we will support them, if it is Labour Party, and we will support them and so on.”

Sotobi disclosed that about five people had indicated interest to view for the governorship seat under Ikorodu division, saying that three of them had been screened and cleared.

He said those who “have indicated interest to contest the governorship race include Sen. Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, former Lagos Head of Service, Segun Ogunlewe and Taiwo Kara among others.”

He said other aspirants are former governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Jimi Agbaje and Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi “have indicated interest, but have not been screened yet as they were waiting for the parties' conventions before coming forward.

"The screening we are doing is to ascertain who and who is from Ikorodu. We do not want people that will come now to claim Ikorodu and later move to claim they are from Somolu.

"Some others who want to indicate interest said they are still waiting for due process. They will not declare their intentions now until their parties' conventions," he stated.

Also speaking, an IDSA Women Leader, Princess Folashade Oba, said the agitation of the people of Ikorodu division for the position of Governor of Lagos State “is legitimate, timely and rooted in due principle of equity, justice and fair play.

She said the Ikorodu Division, being the most populous and the only standing division in Lagos comprised Imota, Isiu, Ijede, Igbogbo, Bayeku, Ipakodo, Egbin, Owutu, Ishawo among others.

The women leader, therefore, said it was a clarion call “to all well-meaning people of Ikorodu division and lovers of democracy and justice to stand up and be counted globally.”

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