Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Protesters besiege Obasanjo’s house in Abeokuta

Protesters besiege Obasanjo’s
house in Abeokuta

– Group protests boundary demarcation by
the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led
administration
– Submits petition at the residence of
former president Olusegun Obasanjo for
action on the boundary issue
– Call on members of the state House of
Assembly not to allow the ceding of some of
their communities to another LCDA
Hundreds of indigenes and residents of
Sango-Ijoko in Ado-Odo/Ota local government
area of Ogun state yesterday, April 19,
besieged the hilltop mansion of former
president Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta in
protest to what they called ‘boundary
anomaly’ of the proposed Sango-Ijoko local
council development area (LCDA) in the
state.
According to leadership, the aggrieved
protesters bearing placards with various
inscriptions, called on the former president
to save them from what they described as
unjust boundary adjustment.
The group, led by Chief Aderemi Quadri and
Chief Idowu Olaniyi expressed concern over
the proposed creation of 37 LCDAs out of
the existing 20 local government areas by
the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led
administration which they claim will merge
their communities with that of Ota.
The group however submitted a petition at
the residence of the former president for
necessary action because he was not at
home at the time.
They then moved to the State House of
Assembly, and called on lawmakers not to
allow the ceding of some of their
communities to another LCDA.
According to them, the impending
arrangement will deprive Sango of its garage,
market, primary and secondary schools and
only health centre.
“Our primary purpose of coming here is to
press forward our agitation that our
community should not be separated or
divided. We are hearing as a matter of rumour
that part of our community will be merged
with Ota and basically these areas, Araromi,
Ketere and others are the core settlers of
Sango,” the group told the House.
At the House of Assembly complex, the
Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi, promised that the
legislature would look into their agitation and
their petition.
In another development, the publicity
secretaries of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in the South West states have blasted
Governor Ayodele Fayose for his
questionable conduct and objection to the
$2bn China loan to Nigeria.
The Punch reports that the criticism was
contained in a statement signed by the APC
spokesmen Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya
(Ondo), Taiwo Olatunbosun (Ekiti), Sola
Lawal (Ogun), Joe Igbokwe (Lagos) and
Morakinyo Akintola (Osun).
Comparing Fayose’s behavior before and
after he assumed office for the second term,
the party’s spokesmen concluded that the
governor ‘completely lost decorum’.