The Legislative Council of Agege Local Area of Lagos State has denied allegation making the rounds that it rejected list of Supervisors and Secretary to the Local Government(SLG) purportedly sent to the council’s chairman, Hon. Abduganiyu Kola Egunjobi by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.
Dismissing the claim, the leader of the House, Hon. Muyideen Kola Anigbajumo in a chat with newsmen explained the circumstances that culminated into the rumour, saying it was due to alleged inadequate knowledge of the workings of the House on such matter.
Narrating how it all happened, Anigbajumo said in consonance with Section 10.1 of Local Government Administration Act, empowering the Legislative Arm of the Local Government/LCDA to either confirm or reject nominees of the executive, the House received a list of six nominees for Supervisors, and one SLG from Hon. Egunjobi.
The nominees were;. Mr. Akingbade Oke (Secretary to The Local Government), Julius Oguntan, Rabiu Danjuma, Isiaka Alabaja, Ganiyu Adeyemo, Abosede Oyeniyi (Mrs.), Janata Omolabu (all Supervisors).
The list, according to the Leader, was sent to the Chairman by Ministry of Local Government And Chieftaincy Affairs.
He alleged that during the screening conducted by the All Progressive Congress dominated-House, it received reports of various activities of the nominees inimical to the progress of the party, particularly during the Local government Election in the state, which took place on July 22.
Anigbajumo said, “We are true party men and have high regards for Gov. Ambode. We took the decision not to confirm five of the nominees on the said list because they were involved in anti-party activities. ”
“A member of the House who won election on the platform of Accord Party, Hon. Kabiru Odejobi, on the floor of the House accused Akingbade Oke who was on the list as SLG nominee, of being a member of Accord Party, and demanded the nominee’s decampment before he could be confirmed.
“To confirm the allegation raised against him he was asked what was APC’s result in the Polling Unit he claimed he cast his vote but had no answer. This same man was everywhere mobilising support for Accord Party and we documented all his activities.
“There is video evidence to prove my claim including that of Rabiu Danjuma and Omolabu Kanata, who held nocturnal meetings with the PDP and worked assiduously for the opposition in order to ensure that APC candidates in all the seven wards did not win. In fact while Danjuma was being screened, the only PDP member in the House, Councillor Abdullah Ala openly thanked him for bankrolling his electioneering campaign saying if not for his financial support he won’t have become Councillor.
“If you may know , Danjuma and Ala are in the same Ward and are of Northern extraction. Kanatu did not even vote for our party and we have documentary evidence that she worked for PDP. So, what motivated our action was our love for our great party and not to disrespect our able leader in the person of The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. The Speaker, Rt. Honourable Mudashiru Obasa and the Chairman, Egunjobi, played no part whatsoever in our decision. In fact the Speaker was abroad prior to, and during the screening exercise.”