|| BY: Temidayo Ajiferuke
As the Lagos state local government elections draws closer, there are possible indications of crisis and apathy amongst citizens of Imota as Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro allegedly attempts to impose Chairmanship candidate On its citizens.
The candidate who is said to be a family member of the traditional royal house of the town is identified to be the blood brother of the monarch.
In a statement released by Citizens For Change- a socio-political advocacy group on behalf of the residents, elections is suppose to be a transparent process that provides a level playing field for all contestants. They decry a situation where traditional royal institution gets involve in the murky water of politics by inviting APC party stakeholders in the town to the palace and coercing them to ensure the victory of the blood brother of the traditional ruler against people’s wish.
Premier News also learnt that earlier this year, the monarch Oba Ajibade Agoro as awarded a multi-million contract of the perimeter fencing of the Proposed new Mile 12 market which is to be relocated to Imota.
According to the statement, the Imota residents’ concern may not be unconnected to a recent interview by the pioneer Chairman of Imota Local council development Area where he revealed that after the elapse of his tenure, the LCDA had generated over 10 billion Naira in IGR but was mismanaged by subsequent administration which the candidate was a secretary to the LCDA for 8 years.
The residents further laments numerous situations where Oba Ranodu of Imota have been the one solely nominating candidates for state political appointment to benefit only his close associates and family members, stating an instance that the first daughter of the Oba is currently the Chairman of the board of Neighbouring Improvement Watch, Ikorodu division.
The statement concluded that, the constitution of Nigeria is clear on the eligibility of any person seeking an electoral office and relationship with the traditional institution should not deny one of such privilege but must be done in a transparent, free and fair process so as to avoid crisis in the community.
While Premier News spoke to Oba Agoro, the Ranodu of Imota Land, he denied the claims saying “whoever is making such allegations is not well, he’s mentally sick upstairs. These are claims from people who cannot win even in their own bedroom.”
“I have told them severally to go to the congress if they have any issues. After all, I’m not the one that will vote at the election primaries”. Ranodu added.