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PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : April 8th, 2022

With increasing momentum in Constituency 1 aspirations in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State, the leadership of political parties particularly the All Progressive Congress (APC) have been urged to allow power-shift to Ikorodu West LCDA for fairness, equity and progress. 

The Convener of the Steering Committee of Ikorodu West Concerned Stakeholder (IWCS), a socio-political pressure Group, Prince Olamilekan Ojo Martins, who was represented by the groups Director of Planning, Bar. Kayode Allison during a media briefing observed that it was time for a paradigm shift in favour of Ikorodu West which is a substantive LCDA in Lagos State. 

The former LGA Youth Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) stated that IWCS was out to champion socio-political power rotation in Ikorodu Division for progress and equity and called on well-meaning stakeholders to support the crusade for good governance, equity and fairness espoused by the group stating that this will smoothen relationship among the different LGA/LCDA in the Constituency and allow for synergy and cooperation required to fast track development as practiced in other Local Governments Areas of Lagos State. 

Bebenlo as he is fondly called observed that since 1999 Ikorodu West LCDA which was at the forefront of electoral victories during the general elections have continuously been sidelined in the scheme of things particularly for elective post and appointments across board.  

 “The truth is that Ikorodu Constituency 1 stands on a tripod, Central, West and North, …Ikorodu West is usually giving minority rights in the Constituency political equation and IWCS is leading the advocate against all forms of socio-political marginalization in the Division”  

Martins stated that it behooves stakeholders to reason that after Central it’s the turn of West in 2023 to give a shot at the Lagos State House of Assembly. 

“There is need to understand the basic but common fact that, whatever is just to one, must not be injustice to another …that is in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice.” 

Ikorodu West LCDA has competent, capable and intellectually sound persons who can represent Ikorodu Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly and we will only propagate and support aspirants from this extraction” he said. 

On how they intend to achieve their objectives, the Convener said various representatives of the group have started reaching out to notable leaders and influencers, complimentary protest letters have also been forwarded to relevant members of the party leadership at the State while necessary awareness is ongoing part of which is the media parley. 

Push News 24 International can confirm that Ikorodu Constituency 1 is made up of Ikorodu Central, Ikorodu West and Ikorodu North. Record showed the chronology of occupiers since 1999, from 1999 – 2003 Hon Ola Animashaun (Ikorodu LG), 2003 – 2007 Hon Sunmi Odesanya (Ikorodu Central), 2007 – 2011 Hon SOB Agunbiade (Ikorodu Central), 2011 – 2015 Hon SOB Agunbiade (Ikorodu Central), 2015 – 2019 Hon SOB Agunbiade (Ikorodu Central), 2019 – 2023 Hon SOB Agunbiade (Ikorodu Central).  

Ikorodu West and Ikorodu North have been schemed out of this joint heritage.