LAGOS â€” Stakeholders of the Action Congress, AC, in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area have praised the leader and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for ending the 12-month rift over the chairmanship of the party.
Rising from a conference on the composition of the local government and ward executive committees of the party at its new secretariat, the stakeholders extolled the virtues of Tinubu as a true defender of intra-party democracy and unity.
Welcoming participants to the conference, Chairman of Ejigbo LCDA, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the conference was jointly convened by the council chairman and the party chairman, Akogun Sarafadeen Alimi in adherence to the directives by the leader to end the intra-party crisis in the council.
He said with the declaration of Akogun Alimi as the party chairman, all contenders had been directed by Tinubu to share the remaining positions on the basis of equity and unity, adding that the conference would also mark the first official event of the party in the party secretariat in Ejigbo LCDA.
In his speech at the ceremony, the party chairman, Akogun Sarafadeen Alimi thanked the stakeholders for responding to the invitation adding that the presence of political leaders of all shades of opinion within the party meant a step forward in the partyâ€™s march towards unity of action.
He noted that many of the leaders presentÂ had been active in politics since Ejigbo was under the old Mushin Local Government as Ward F2 before it was re_defined under Oshodi_Isolo Local Government as Ward F5, and paid tributes to late political leaders such as Chief Oyarinu and Alhaji Obe who ledÂ and defended the interests of Ejigbo community in various political periods.
He said through these leaders, Ejigbo people have always supported the political aspirations of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu since he ran for the Senate in 1991 and ensured that he recorded the largest votes in all senatorial districts throughout the country.
Calling on all disaffected leaders of the party to close ranks with him to move the party forward, Akogun Alimi pledged loyalty to the Lagos State chairman of the party, Chief Dele Ajomale.
He noted that the indigenes of Ejigbo will reward the Action Congress for enabling them to hold the coveted position of the chairmanship of the party , many years after Alhaji Obe , who used to be arrowhead of politics in the community died.
Commenting on the occasion, Chief Mrs Ogungbesan, the pioneer Women Leader in Ejigbo community under the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria expressed her happiness at seeing many political leaders at the meeting and praised the council chairman for his herculean efforts to give the party its first ever secretariat.
She promised to mobilize many more leaders to the stakeholders meeting and appealed to Akogun Alimi to play the role of father to all members of the party.
In her remarks, Alhaja Adebola, a prominent womenâ€™s leader, urged all political leaders of the Action Congress to close ranks and support Bamigbetan and Alimi in their efforts to strengthen the party.
She promised to persuade those reluctant to attend the meeting to bury the hatchet and move the party forward.