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Amuwo-Odofin Residents Seek Asiwaju Tinubu’s Intervention In LG Crisis



Residents of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State have restated their demands for the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to ensure that Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu is installed as the chairman of the local government.

Olorunrinu is a former member of the state House of Assembly who represented Amuwo-Odofin constituency 1 in the 8th Assembly.

Chris Mosindi of Chris Mosindi & Co law firm, Olorunrinu’s lawyer, while speaking with journalists after the day’s proceeding maintained that the matter before the State High Court deserved a fast hearing.

Mosindi added that he had received a lot of calls from many anxious residents of Amuwo Odofin, who had equally paid a visit to his office on the need for a speedy conclusion of the matter legally.

He added that this indicates that the people really voted for Hon. Olorunrinu and that there were evidences that they would later tender before the court to buttress this.

“I believe that on the next adjourned date, we will be in court with all the evidences that affirm our stand on this matter, and I certainly believe we will reclaim his mandate.

“We have had six adjournments so far, but I blame it on our Nigerian judicial system. Of course, we have to comply with the order of the court,” Mosindi said.

Oluwasegun Kosoko, a youth leader in the area also registered his displeasure over the development, noting that anything short of restoration of Olorunrinu’s mandate in Amuwo-Odofin will make the opposition hold sway there politically.

Kosoko stated that they were in the court for the sixth time as there had been series of adjournments, saying that Hon. Olorunrinu is like a young brother to him and that for him to decide to leave his work on a Thursday during break time to join him in court was a serious matter.

“This is important for me because I am here to represent the whole youths in Amuwo-Odofin who are angry.

“We supported Hon. Dipo because his ideology is accommodating, it is not because of anything, the matter here is a very simple one,” he said.

He then urged the party to do something now as 2023 was very close, adding that they could vote for the opposition if the party refused to restore the mandate to the rightful winner.

Mr. Jamiu Oladiji, a member of Electrical and Electronics Association in Amuwo-Odofin noted that Olorunrinu is the preferred candidate of the residents.

Oladiji then called on the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene in the matter.

Oladiji said that the matter should be given accelerated hearing by the court, saying that the people had waited enough.

Also speaking, the Iyaloja of Festac Town, Alhaja Risikat Sheila urged the APC leaders and Asiwaju Tinubu to intervene in the matter and install Olorunrinu as the chairman of the council.

“When we wanted to do primaries, we knew what Hon. Olorunrinu did and he ensured that many people were registered.

“His name was on the list as the winner of the primary election for days. We want Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to give us our mandate,” she said.

It would be recalled that Hon. Olorunrinu was declared as the winner of the primaries of the election last year before his name was replaced with that of Mr. Valentine Braimoh, who has since been sworn-in as the chairman of the local government for a second term.

Olorunrinu later took Mr. Valentine Braimoh and the party to court and the case is being handled by Hon. Justice Toyin Oyekan-Abdullahi.


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