It is incredible to hear but it is the truth. The Chairman of the Surulere Local Government chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shakirudeen Sanni Ajao; and the Secretary of the party in the local government, Ganiyu Akanni; recently took over the duty of the police inviting the Chairman of the local government, Tajudeen Ajide, for questioning over alleged threat to the life of the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila.
In a letter dated 12th August, 2014 with the title: ‘Invitation On Allegation Of Threat To Life’, signed by the duo of Ajao and Akanni, the party chiefs stated that they received a letter from Gbajabiamila that on 28th July, 2014, he (Gbajabiamila) received a phone call “at about 3a.m with unknown identity. The caller said that his (Gbajabiamila) days are numbered if the Chairman of Surulere Local Government do not return for a second term in office”.
The letter stated that Ajide was given five working days after receiving the letter for a meeting with the APC executives in the local government.
Thegazellenews.com’s investigation revealed that a copy of Gbajabiamila’s petition was not attached with the invitation letter.
Observers querried the authenticity of the said petition from the House of Representatives Minority Leader. For a man of his calibre and a serving and experienced lawmaker, many believed that he should have not better that such petition should be directed to security agencies such as the police, Department of State Security for investigation. It is the security agencies that have the constitutional right to invite the council boss for questioning and not the party as in the case of Surulere matter.
Thus, Ajide in his response rightly stated that the matter “deserves huge attention and should be referred to state security apparatus like the police and DSS”.
The Surulere council boss also stated that, “with this correspondence, it is mandatory that I inform the state Police Commissioner, the Director of DSS, the Surulere Area Commander and the Resident DSS representative in the local government to commence immediately a thorough allegation into this allegation”.
On the invitation, Ajide stated that he believed in the principle of separation of powers hence “it will be advisable for the LGA to intervene in matters of strengthening the solidification of the APC in this local government and not engage itself in situations that are strictly that of the state security”.
Thus, the Surulere local government chairman concluded that, “it is in this vein that this person and persona will not acquiesce to such a request and invitation as solicited by your correspondence”.