A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Anthony Adefuye, has debunked the claim that the leaders in the district failed to defend the State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode during the recently concluded primaries.
Adefuye, who was announced the Leader of the party in the Zone, explained that he and others did everything possible to save the doarrict from losing the governorship slot but did not materialize.
Speaking during a reconciliation meeting of the district, which was held at CMD Shangisha on Thursday, Adefuye revealed that they did their best to have a meeting with the Governor before the issue went out of hand.
“People accused me of removing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. We saw this crack four months ago and we decided to meet with our Lagos Central Senatorial Leader, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi, and three of us went to see Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“We prostrated and asked him to call the Governor and speak with him. We left the place and started calling the Governor to give him a hint of the meeting, but he did not pick our call.
“Asiwaju Tinubu said that he was not picking his calls too. I actually tried my best, but it continued like that. Asiwaju Tinubu promised to call us after speaking with him,” he revealed.
Adefuye also disclosed that he spoke with the Vice President; Professor Yemi Osinbajo, during Sallah that Asiwaju Tinubu would not return the Governor.
He stated that he told Osinbajo that he should see Asiwaju Tinubu, but that he told him that he would be going to Abeokuta that same day.
Adefuye revealed that he went to Epe on the second day and tried to see the Governor and called him, but that he did not pick his call.
“They said I would see him until the following day, a Sunday, but they later said he would not see me that he was going to Lagos.
“We also tried to see Asiwaju Tinubu, but they said he was not around and we called Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo to help us see Asiwaju Bola Tinubu so that we could see him.
“After that, we saw Asiwaju Tinubu, but the Governor did not get back to us despite all our efforts.
“We saw Asiwaju at 10pm and he told us a lot of things till 12 midnight. We them told Asiwaju Tinubu to call GAC meeting. We told him to invite the Governor and the Governor was able to speak with us for the first time. It was a great opportunity that we lost,” he said.
The leading politician then advised the people of the district not to put anybody that is not a member of the party in sensitive positions.
He pointed out that politics is about what one can get for his people as a good a leader, adding that one might even be disgraced when he is fighting for his people.
Another leader of the party in the district, Chief Lanre Rasak stated that the district has not been able to resolve its issues like those in the Lagos Central and West Districts.
He then gave a report of a meeting held by the leaders in the district on 31st May, where it was agreed that the district should be divided into zones.
“We decided to have a senatorial leader and deputy senatorial leader as well as a district committee. Members would be the Chairman then a zonal leader from Ikorodu and another one from Epe, and Kosofe would be members.
“It was agreed that three zones shall be established. Senator Anthony Adeduye was appointed the new Senatorial Leader, while Alhaji Akanni Seriki (Baba Bamu) was appointed as the Deputy Senatorial Leader.
“For Ikorodu, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye is the Vice Chairman, while Omooba Sosanya would be Vice Chairman for Kosofe Zone, while Chief Lanre Rasak is the Vice Chairman for Epe Division.
“Each vice chairman would chair the meeting in their areas. Also, nobody should break the chain of command in their area,” he said
He said that the new committee of the district would comprise members of the Governors Advisory Council (GAC), Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo, and the Vice Chairman of the party in the East, Chief Asipa Kaoli.
Also speaking, the Deputy Senatorial Leader of Lagos East, Alhaji Sikiru Akanni Seriki (Baba Bamu) thanked Asiwaju Tinubu for all his efforts.
While also thanking the party’s Senatorial Candidate for Lagos East, Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo, Alhaji Seriki advised that the party should reward those who are working for the party before talking of those who did not work for the party.
“We should all go back home and work among our people at the ward levels. Those, who left for Labour Party then regretted it. We pray not to have a repeat of our bad experiences. We should all work for the unity of the party in our local levels,” he said.
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