Lagos PDP, ACN Screen Aspirants for Council Poll

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Aug 18, 2011 3 Comments ›› ACN (ji)

THE Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it would participate in the forthcoming local government election, which to be conducted in the 20 councils and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs).

Unlike in 2008 when the party boycotted the poll over the creation of additional councils, PDP aspirants have been collecting nomination forms, following the release of guidelines by the State Executive Committee, led by Setonti Koshoedo.

Four hundred chairmanship and councillorship aspirants have expressed their intention to contest in the primaries, which may hold next week.

Many party chieftains in the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and community leaders have petitioned the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, warning on the consequences of giving the chairmanship tickets to some incumbent council chairmen.

In Ifako-Ijaye Local Government, the Elders’ Assembly; the Muslim and Christian Community Forum; and the Coalition of Civil Societies for Good Governance (CCSGG) have objected to the second term ambition of the chairman, Demola Doherty.

They said he did not perform well in his first term.

Doherty, who denied the allegation, said he had lived up to expectation.

He said the petitioners were sponsored to create disharmony and disaffection in the ACN, adding that they would fail.

The Elders’ Assembly, in a petition to Tinubu, copies of which were sent to Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and the state Chairman, Otunba Oladele Ajomale, recommended Mr Toba Oke for Chairman; Olubunmi Benson for Vice-Chairman; and Olusola Thomas for Secretary to the local government.

The forum, led by Elder Elijah Ojo, said traditional, religious leaders, community development associations market men and women, in Ifako Ijaiye forwarded the names of nominees to the party leadership for consideration, after screening at the grassroots.

The Muslim and Christian Community Forum, in a letter by Alhaji Yisa Lasisi, Dr Joseph Oladele and Mr Yusuf Azeez, said it had not endorsed Doherty for a second term because his performance was not satisfactory.

The group said: “We will appreciate it if a better candidate is chosen, to restore the dignity that has been eroded by maladministration in the last three years.”

In Agege Local Government, party chieftains and community leaders urged the ACN leadership to ensure that only committed politicians get the party’s tickets for the council polls.

ACN Publicity Secretary Joe Igbokwe said the party had received petitions from chieftains from Badagry Local Government.

He advised against fielding candidates who are unpopular at the grassroots.

Igbokwe said: “All these petitions would be looked into and the allegations would be ascertained. Our leader has warned against frivolous petitions. It is not enough to forward petitions. You must be ready to prove the allegations. We won’t allow people to tell lies against others and go scot free.”

He warned aspirants against submitting fake certificates, saying the party would deal with such persons if they are detected at the screening.

Igbokwe said: “We don’t welcome people with fake certificates in our party. It is a party of ideas and responsible people and we will not allow anybody to tarnish its reputation.”

Meanwhile, chairman of Itire-Ikate LCDA, Hon Hakeem Bamgbola has been endorsed by the leadership of the party in Central senatorial district.

Led by Prince Tajudeen Olusi, the council is rated high for his sterling performance in office.

Bamgbola thanked the party leaders for giving him opportunity to serve for another term.

He promised not to let the party down.

 

The Nation


Comments

  1. Hi! It ‘ll be better you look into the people’s petitions & alligations so as to maintain the good reputation the party has gotten for the past years. May the supreme being sees you through & guide you aright in it all. Best of luck! Bye.

  2. Maxwell says:

    Don’t field the incumbents in Badagry LGA, Badagry west LCDA and Olorunda LCDA, they are the most irresponsible elected officials with nothing to show or offer the people. There are better people in the party that you can choose from and Well educated too. Not semi-literates, sacrificing leadership on the alter of compensation would lead no where and no results to show for it.

  3. moji says:

    ENDORSING ALL THE INCUBENT CHAIRMEN IN IKORODU DIVISION AS A WHOLE FOR ANOTHER TERM WILL MEAN PUTTING THE CREDIBILITY OF THIS GREAT PARTY IN THE DIVISION AT STAKE BECAUSE THESE CHAIRMEN HAVE NOT AT ALL PERFORMED IN THEIR CURRENT TENURE MOST ESPECIALLY ANIPOLE OF IKORODU CENTRAL AS WELL AS SAHEED OF IJEDE LCDA. THESE TWO CANNOT POINT TO TWO LAUDABLE PROJECTS DONE,THIS CAN BE CONFIRMED FROM ANT AVERAGE CITIZEN OF THESE AREAS,IT IS OT MEANT TO RUN ANYBODY DOWN,IT SI ONLY ALL THE EFFORTS OF OUR AMIABLE GOVERNOR FASHOLA ARE NOT AT ALL COMPLEMENTED BY THESE SELFISH CHAIRMEN WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT TAKE ALL THEIR FAMILY ABROAD AND WHOLLY RELIED ON OUR MONEY TO FLING AROUND AT THIS CRUCIAL STAGE TO THEIR FELLOW SELFISH LEADERS WHO RUN AROUND CAMPAIGNING FOR THEM

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