Babajide Sanwo-Olu Cabinet Final List Released: Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Youth Holds Conference, Cry Out on Exclusion of their leaders (Details)

BEING TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) YOUTHS OF AJEROMI IFELODUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON THE UPTEENTH EXCLUSION OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FROM THE LAGOS STATE CABINET HELD TODAY FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019

All Progressives Congress Youths of Ajeromi Ifelodun is demanding the inclusion of a Party faithful from the Local Government to be included in the ongoing formation of the Lagos State Executive Cabinet from the Governor, H. E. Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu and Lagos APC Leaders.

It was to our utmost displeasure over the recent lists of Commissioners/Special Advisers that were forwarded to the House of Assembly by the Governor which had no one nominated from Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government. When the initial list was released more than four weeks ago, we thought we were going to be considered in the second list. But to our utter dismay, no person from Ajeromi Ifelodun was listed neither in the first nor in the 13 names made public on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 which was termed as the "final list" by the Governor's media aide.

On that same day, our high hopes of returning to the State Executive Council, (SEC), which is the highest decision making body of the Lagos State Government, evaporated into thin air in a twinkle of an eye. The whole LG was thrown into a pensive mood especially considering we had been having a peaceful and blissful Sallah holidays until the news. Our Local Government (LG) does not deserve such treatment. We are a peculiar LG in a very strategic location and cosmopolitan in nature just like the state itself and have been loyal to the Progressives with a fifth position amongst the 20 LGs in the last General Elections.

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Moreover, the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended, Chapter 2, section 14, sub-section 4, stipulates that "The composition of the State,  Local Government Council or any agency of such Government or council, and the conduct of affairs of the Government or council or such agency shall be carried out in such manner to recognise the diversity of the people within the area of authority and the need to promote a sense of belonging and loyalty among all the people of the Federation."

The last time we had a cabinet member in Kalejaiye Adeboye Paul was in May 2011 and throughout the second term of Gov. Babatunde Fashola and the only tenure of his successor in office, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, we had no one representing and fighting for our collective interests as a LG in the Cabinets. Ever since, we have had no new state Government projects with practically no state Government presence. In the build up to the last General Elections, the atmosphere was highly tensed. Our Local Council Development Area was involved in a fracas during the Ward Congresses held in May 2018 that led to the loss of life of a Party faithful.

In the primaries, we endured a torrid time with the direct mode of nomination which also claimed some lives of Party members. We had the toughest elections so far in our Local Government with the House of Representatives election, conducted twice, though with a success crowned in the end. It was turbulent and all leaders and members toiled day and night before we could grind those wins out. We struggled, suffered, sacrificed a lot of things and kept pushing for the Party to come out victorious. A number of militating factors have always contributed to our woes and are sometimes why we find it difficult to win elections and get the people on board.

Complaints of underdevelopment, neglect, bad roads, dilapidated schools, general infrastructural deficit are some of the problems our People are facing on daily basis, year in year out and all these can be surmounted if, we have a continuously reliable representation in the State Cabinet to fight our cause. But, sadly this is not forthcoming and we cannot continue this way. We are regarded as a second string Local Government and is a shame that being the second most populated with diverse ethno-cultural as a mini West Africa, we are yet to produce a commissioner after 24 years of our existence. The highest cabinet member we had was a Special Adviser for five years plus only, which is a port folio that is junior to the Commissioner. Our leaders cannot continue to jeopardise our chances at the polls when the necessary structures are not put in place.

We call for a review of the decision made by our governor and the leaders on the composition of the Cabinet and expect the Governor picks a nominee from our LG. We would be very elated if the merits of this demand is looked at and considered as that would go a long way in restoring our confidence in our revered leaders and assuage or appease the lost souls. If our demand is not meant within reasonable time, we shall be left with no option than to explore other means to bring home our demand.

Barrister Hakeem Babalola
All Progressives Congress,
Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA,
August 16, 2019.


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