The Executive Chairman of I solo LCDA, Hon Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye has sued for peace as the All Progressive Congress (APC) go on membership drive ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The council boss made the plea during a stakeholders meeting to decide on the modalities for nominating party functionaries for the registration exercise.
The meeting was held on Thursday 28th January 2021 at the Pa Olabimtan Marriage Registry, Oshodi.
Relying on guidelines from the party’s state secretariat, the anchor chairman for the event, Hon Bolaji Muse-Ariyoh reeled out the critical stakeholders for the nominations to include the council chairman, the LG party chairman
and the two members of the state executives who incidentally are both from Oshodi.
In a show of magnanimity and fairness both state exco members (Chief Ariyibi and Osha) were said to have relinquished their right of nomination to MHR Hon Ganiu Johnson and LAHA member, Hon Jude Idimogwu who are also critical stakeholders in Isolo political arithmetic.
What this translates to is that the 174 polling booths allotted to Isolo would be manned by three Registration Officers per polling booth which would be filled up by the council chairman, Hon Olaleye; the party chairman, Barr. Gani Bello and the duo of MHR Ganiu Johnson/LAHA member, Hon Jude Idimogwu.
Simply put, Hon Olaleye has 174 slots, Barr Bello has 174 slots while the duo of Johnson and Idimogwu have 87 slots each.
This arrangement seems fair to all interest except the party chairman who insisted that the slots allocated to the two state exco officers should be given to ward chairmen even when his own 174 slots is deemed enough to accommodate the interest of the ward chairmen under his charge.
The development added a rowdy twist to what appeared fair to all interest as the party chairman stood his ground even when logic and common sense supported the arrangement espoused by the anchor and the state officers.
At this juncture, the council chairman appealed for a peaceful resolution of the matter. He reminded Barr Bello and the generality of Isolo entourage of the enormous task at hand which is to mobilise more members to the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Hon Olaleye further canvassed the need for Isolo to rein in unity and peace during and after the membership registration exercise.
“There should be no tension during this registration exercise. Let’s reduce tension by forming a united front to carry out the task at hand.
“The assignment won’t finish with the registration. It also include mobilising effectively for the general elections if we are to improve on the poor performance of the APC in the 2015 general elections where we could only muster 500,000 votes out of the over 2.5 million registered party members in the state.
” We must close ranks for the interest of the party beginning with the registration exercise. Nobody gets special commendation for mobilising more members. Therefore, there should be no tension,” the council boss pleaded.
Former council chairmen, Chief Martins Adegboyega and Chief (Mrs) Mary Oseghale both registered their displeasure over the disagreement which the registration exercise has generated. Both therefore solicit for peaceful resolution of the matter.
In his own reaction, LAHA member, Hon Idimogwu expressed displeasure over the impasse noting that self interest is taking centre stage at the expense of party interest and the objective of the registration exercise.
With the matter left unresolved, the anchor of the event, therefore gave Isolo entourage till 3 pm the following day to resolve the matter early enough to meet the deadline for submission of the list at the state party secretariat.
Those at the meeting include Barr. Dele Ajomale (represented by Alhaji Milanko), Chief M.A.Taiwo (represented by Alhaji Amao), Hon Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye, Barr Gani Bello, Chief Martins Adegboyega, Chief (Mrs) Mary Oseghale, Otunba Jide Oni and Hon. Ganiu Johnson (represented by Hon Ismail Aregbe).
Others include Hon. Gbolahan Okuneye, Hon Hakeem Muniru, Hon Niyi Fabikun, Engr. Tubosun Oyegoke, Prince Adeshina Farombi, Mrs Iyabo Obasa, Hon Jude Idimogwu, Prince Monsuru Agbabiaka and Hon Bisola Saka- Adepena.
The ward chairmen at the meeting are Wale Tonade (Ishaga/Ire-Akari), Reuben Enoch (Ajao Estate), Ganiu Shelle (Ilasamaja), Doyin Pikuda (Alagbeji), Alausa Badmus (Akinbaiye), Oluwatosin (Okota) and Dasuki (Apena).