Somolu Residents Reject Lagos Lawmaker’s 5th Term Attempt, Give Reasons

Somolu Residents Reject Lagos Lawmaker’s 5th Term Attempt, Give Reasons

  • There was a mass protest by residents of Somolu on Wednesday, May 25 over the fifth term ambition of a lawmaker Hon. Rotimi Olowo
  • Residents are appealing to the leadership of APC to intervene in other to stop Olowo from contesting
  • Olowo is said to have been in the parliament for 15 years after first securing victory to the legislative house in 2007

Lagos, Somolu - Some residents of the Somolu area of Lagos State have sent a warning to the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to disqualify Hon. Rotimi Olowo from contesting the Somolu Constituency 1 seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The residents under the aegis of Concerned Somolu People, from Bajulaye to the APC Secretariat at Onipanu, insisted that if the APC fails to heed their call and allow Olowo to participate in the primaries, they may be forced to work against the ruling in the general elections.

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Somolu Residents, Lagos State, Lagos Parliament
Speaker of the Lagos State Parliament, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa walked majestically to his seat to commence plenary. Photo: Lagos State House of Assembly
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They maintained that Olowo, who had been a member of the House of Assembly since 2007, cannot represent them again for a fifth term.

The residents wondered why the lawmaker would make a U-turn after declaring interest and buying the nomination and expression of interest forms to contest for the House of Representatives.

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Speaking with newsmen on behalf of the protesters, an apex leader in the area, Abraham Durojaiye explained that Olowo has represented the area for four consecutive terms and therefore should allow younger breeds to represent the Constituency.

He said:

“We have had enough of Rotimi Olowo. He has been in the House of Assembly since 2007 and he had initially openly declared interest in going to represent Somolu Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives. During the declaration, he said Lagos was too small for him to continue to operate.

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“Maybe because he has seen that he cannot defeat the incumbent member of the House of Representatives, he has now started campaigning to return to the House of Assembly and he has been giving money out to some leaders to achieve this."

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Durojaiye urged the leadership of the APC not to allow Olowo participate in the House of Assembly primaries.

He accused Olowo of masterminding plans to buy off delegates to help support his fifth term ambition.

Durojaiye added if the leadership of the party is unwilling to to heed to the call of the people, they will head to the general elections and vote him out.

He said:

"If they (APC) refuse to stop him and he gets the ticket, we will wait for them in the general elections and vote against the party.
“We want younger people to also represent us. We are no longer with Olowo in the House of Assembly, he should give space for others, especially the younger candidates who have also bought the forms."

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Olowo had recently, at an empowerment programme he organized, said that operating at the state level was too small for him, hence his reason for taking a shot at the Federal House of Representatives.

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