…Why GAC Moved Chairmanship To Ojo LG
It emerged on Tuesday that zoning might be a factor in electing new executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State.
It was learnt that the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision-making body in the party in Lagos, had moved the party chairmanship to Ojo Local Government.
The re-zoning of the chairmanship from Apapa Local Government to Ojo is one of the highlights of the just concluded GAC meeting held at the old State House, Marina.
WESTERN POST can authoritatively report today why the party re-zoned the position.
Aside the general dissatisfaction with the performance of the outgoing Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun who is from Apapa in the Lagos Central Senatorial District, the APC leaders also canvassed that the senatorial district has also produced the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt (Hon) Femi Gbajabiamila who is from Surulere Local Government.
All these influenced the decision of the GAC to settle for a former Commissioner for Rural Development, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, who is from Ojo Local Government in the Lagos West Senatorial District as the consensus candidate for the position.
As it is now, Ojelabi may emerge as next chairman of Lagos APC.
He was elected Chairman of Ojo Local Government in 1997 on the platform of the defunct Grassroots Democratic Party (GDM).
Ojelabi was appointed the Executive Secretary of the newly created Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area and three months later became the first elected Chairman of the LCDA.
After his tenure as Council chairman, he was elected to represent Ojo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2011 and thereafter served as Commissioner for Rural Development between 2011 and 2015 under the administration of Mr Babatunde Fashola.