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Protest greets exclusion of council boss from Lagos polls

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS—Sixteen days to the October 22, local government polls in Lagos State, fresh protest erupted, Thursday, with hundreds of aggrieved residents, including party members in the Surulere Local Government Area,  protesting what they called “injustice” by Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in selecting the flagbearer of the party for the elections.

The placard-carrying protesters, were protesting the exclusion of the incumbent chairman, Dr. Rasak Folami, who was replaced by his vice, Mr. Tajudeen Ajide, from the election.

They stormed the Ikoyi, Bourdillon Road residence of ACN national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu and Governor Babatunde Fashola’s office in Ikeja to register their displeasure.

At the residence of Tinubu, who was not available to receive them, the protesters left a letter for him with his security aides.

In the letter, they appealed to Tinubu on the need to prevail on the state chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale to reconsider the party’s decision and field Folami, who they claimed deserved a second term.

Alhaji W. Odunbaku, who led the protesters, expressed displeasure at the “polititricks” being played out by ACN party leaders.

According to Odunbaku,  Folami had delivered dividends of democracy to the people in his first term. He said: “He rehabilitated about 100 roads, provided free healthcare services, and distributed various poverty alleviation materials to several beneficiaries. We will resist all attempts by ACN to foist an unpopular candidate on us.”

Some of the placards read: “Asiwaju give us Folami, he is ok,” “ACN will lose in Surulere if Folami did not return,” “ACN should practice what it preaches,” “What is good for the goose is good for the gander,” among others.


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