The race for who take over from Honourable Olajumoke Okoya-Thomas as the representative of Lagos Island Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives has taken a new dimension as two siblings and a prince battle one another for the seat.
Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, daughter of the rich businessman and Asoju Oba of Lagos, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas has been representing the Federal Constituency since 2003 and there are indications that she has decided not to seek re-election for a fourth term.
This has paved way for great scramble among young politicians in the area.
The race has also beamed searchlight on the family of the former Chairman of Lagos Island Local Government, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele. Two of his in-laws are in the race for the seat. Both Saheed and Ramon Salawe are younger brothers of Tawa, Adele’s wife and both are seeking to replace Jumoke at the lower legislative chamber. Saheed is contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while Ramon is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Thegazellenews.com’s investigation has revealed that Adele has decided to allow each aspirants battle to pick their respective party tickets before pitching his tent.
Equally in the race for the seat is Fuad, son of the traditional ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu. Many believed that it was in his bid to realise the political aspiration of his son that the monarch had decided to publicly support the governorship aspiration of Akin Ambode, perceived annointed aspirant of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Observers believed that Akiolu believed that if he publicly acknowledged Tinubu’s perceived aspirant, the APC National Leader will support his son’s aspiration.
The race in Lagos Island Federal Constituency 1 is thus becoming a race among princes of the Island as both Saheed and Ramon Salawe are princes as they from the Salawe Royal Family on the Island.