Two governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Ikorodu Division of Lagos state have voluntarily stepped down for a frontline aspirant from the area, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, popularly called GOS.
As a result, political and eminent leaders in Ikorodu Division have unanimously adopted Solomon as the APC consensus candidate for the division. Those who stepped down from the race include Architect Taiwo Akintunde Kara and a former Head of Service in the state, Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe.
The decision to step down for Solomon paving the way for his adoption as the Ikorodu Division consensus candidate was reached at a meeting held at the Ikorodu town hall on Friday, 7th November, 2014, with representatives of the various coalition groups clamouring for ‘Ikorodu Division for Governor 2015’, respectable elders of the community and the three APC aspirants namely: Ogunlewe, Kara and Solomon.
A communiqué endorsed by the three aspirants dated Monday, 17th November, 2014, said that the agitation by Ikorodu Division is justified following the zoning of the party’s governorship ticket to Lagos East Senatorial District.
According to them, “the indigenes of Ikorodu outvoted their son, Prince Biodun Ogunleye to pave way for an indigene of the Epe/Ibeju-Lekki community to emerge as governorship candidate in 1992. It is expected that the Epe/Ibeju-Lekki community will support ‘Ikorodu Division for Governor agenda’ on APC platform for the 2015 election.
“We remain a team and will work together towards ensuring that the Ikorodu Division Agenda becomes a reality”, the communiqué of the meeting added.
Following the withdrawal of the two aspirants, Ikorodu leaders and elders under the auspices of Eminent Persons of Ikorodu Division (EPID) adopted the decision of the three aspirants and thereafter adopted Senator Solomon as the APC governorship consensus candidate for Ikorodu Division.
A communiqué signed on behalf of the body by its Chairman who is also the Asiwaju of Ikorodu land, Chief Babatunde Olusola Bension, SAN said the decision to present a consensus candidate by the area was to avoid their experience during the 2011 elections when they had more than one candidate vying for the same seat from the area.
“It is in this connection that the entire people of Ikorodu Division proudly present Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon (GOS) as the candidate of Ikorodu Division to the All Progressives Congress for 2015 Lagos state governorship race. The group (EPID) hereby calls on the leadership of APC in Lagos state as well as the national leaders of the party to rally support for its sole candidate (GOS) to emerge as the party’s candidate and eventually, Lagos state governor come May 2015.
“In the same vein, Ikorodu Division hereby appeal passionately to all the other four divisions in the state to support this noble cause this time around and remember that one good turn deserves another”, the leaders statement added.