After the successful shadow primary exercise among APC’s Ikorodu Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly aspirants in Ijede LCDA, and the emergence of Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun as the Ijede LCDA’s chosen aspirant; the party leaders unanimously embarked on consultations with stakeholders to the royal heads in Ikorodu Constituency II.
The consultations began on Thursday, 19th May 2022 at the palace of Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, HRM. Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali, Emugoriade I. The spokesperson for the team, Alhaji S. Ade Ajala stated that it was the desire of Ijede LCDA’s Royal, traditional and political heads to have a sole aspirant to participate in the party primary since the incumbent has refused to honour the rotational agreement.
Since all the aspirants are legitimate and bonafide indigenes of Ijede LCDA, eminently qualified and none of them was ready to step down from the race; it was thought wise to conduct an in-house primary among the aspirants and all the party leaders agreed to the shadow primary.
He further stated that the shadow primary was transparent in that all the aspirants were given a comprehensive list of the delegates that would vote in the exercise 72 hours before the exercise for them to market themselves to the delegates.
The leaders presented a letter duly signed by Ijede’s LCDA APC Chieftain, presenting Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun to HRM. Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali, Emugoriade I is the Ijede LCDA’s chosen aspirant because they unanimously agreed shadow primary is the perfect representation of Royal, traditional and political heads of Ijede LCDA. They didn’t fail to express their concerns over the discreditable and reprehensible refusal of the incumbent and some political leaders from Igbogbo to honour the peace and egalitarian driven rotational agreement.
In his response, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali said as a peace-loving king, I stand where Ijede is standing. He said, since there is an agreement on rotation between the Irepodun formation (Igbogbo, Imota and Ijede), it is just honourable to abide by the agreement, and if there must be a revisit to the agreement, it will be the responsibility of the constituency’s stakeholders to collectively evaluate the efficacy of the agreement and reach a new one if need be.
He also commended the efforts of the Council Chairmen and political leaders that are taking necessary steps to make sure that the rotational arrangement is implemented.
In the presence of Ijede LCDA APC chieftains, HRM. Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali henceforth endorsed the aspiration, Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun and prayed for him.
On the same day (Thursday, 19th May 2022), the chieftains took their consultation trail to the palace of the Oba Ranodu of Imota, RMH. Oba Mudasiru Ajibade Bakare Agoro. The former political leader and two terms ward councillor said, “I was very much involved in the rotational arrangement; the objective of the arrangement was predicated on equality, selflessness and significance of IREPODUN formation; and there is no justification whatsoever for dishonouring the rotational agreement and urged all the well-meaning people with integrity to distance themselves from such undemocratic act.
The team presented the letter duly signed by Ijede’s LCDA APC Chieftain, presenting Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun to HRM. Oba Mudasiru Ajibade Bakare Agoro is the Ijede LCDA’s chosen aspirant and with the traditional song (newly composed for AMA by HRM). He endorsed the aspiration of Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun with heartfelt prayers.
On Saturday, 21st May 2002, the Ijede APC Chieftains headed to the house of Olubeshe of Ibeshe, HRM Oba Richard Ogunsanya; narrating the same development to the king and presenting him with the letter signed by the leaders as well as Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun, the king, a former political leader and ward councillor said the rotational agreement is a substance of IREPODUN’s peaceful coexistence and it must be respected. In his words, he said the “Agreement has become our Law”.
In the same manner, the king endorsed the aspiration of Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun after they unanimously signed the letter of Ijede LCDA chieftains was presented to him.
The team then went back home to the palace of Alajede in council were High Chief Alliu Musediq, the regent/Olisa of Ijede and chiefs received them in the company of Hon. Motunrayo Alogba, the Executive Chairman, Ijede LCDA, welcoming and embracing their own Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun.
The political leaders headed to the Palace of the Obateru of Egbin, the ever-gracious king, Oba Adeoriyomi Akeem Oyebo who officially endorsed Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun and fortified him with prayers.
Summarily, all the Kings charged all the indigenes and residents of Irepodun to honour the rotational agreement in the interest of peaceful coexistence; they also urged all and sundry to support the choice of IJede LCDA.
The Ijede’s APC Chieftain that made up the consultation team is Hon. Adefarasin Hassan, Alhaji S. Ade Ajala, Hon. Aguda Emmanuel, Alhaji Kayode Fahm, Hon. Motunrayo Alogba, Hon. Bello Monsuru