A former Lagos lawmaker and chairmanship aspirant in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government in the last election, Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu has said that his alleged suspension by the ward exco of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area was a ruse.
Speaking with journalists in an interview on Tuesday in Ikeja, Olorunrinu said that he regarded the news of his suspension as a joke, even as he wondered what could have caused the purported suspension.
Olorunrinu, who revealed that he was yet to be given a suspension letter by his party, said that he would continue to put his ears to the ground on the matter.
The former lawmaker stated that there were allegations that he engaged in anti-party activities and that he took the party to court, but that the whole issues were the handiwork of his enemies.
“I wonder, who were the people behind this. Looking at the allegations, people know that I mobilised people into the APC and they know that I would always want the APC to win any election.
“The court that I went to would have been a wasted effort if I wanted the PDP or any other party to win. But I have the mandate of the people.
“What they said is a watery allegation. You are dealing with people that usually make up stories probably because they think they have power, but all powers belong to God,” he said.
Olorunrinu pointed out that it was obvious that the issue was a fallout of his decision to take the party to court, and that some people had challenged him over his hard stance and had asked him why he didn’t agree with the decision of the party to return the incumbent chairman of the local government.
“But why should I succumb to something that was given to me by the people. Why don’t they ask the so-called out-going chairman to succumb. I watch him got into office. I was in office in 2015 as a lawmaker, he got into office in 2017 and we all knew how he got in then.
“He has not done anything substantial since then. The entire Amuwo Odofin is in shambles looking at the road network and other key areas.
“He does not have administrational relationship which is why we have so much problem in the area. I was able to bring in a lot of people into the party, I know some people in high hierarchy in the party who don’t want people that know their onions to be in power.
“Knowing your onion doesn’t mean you are not loyal or obedient. Knowing your onions should not create any fear. It does not mean that the person would not succumb to the rules of the party, it just means that the person is more educated to do the right thing,” he said.
The ex-lawmaker emphasised that he was born in Amuwo-Odofin area, where he said he also went to school.
He however, said that the incumbent chairman government was not born in the area and that he never attended school in the community.
He stressed that he had been identifying with the people of the area from his days in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and that he aligned himself with the APC since joining the party.
According to him, the party did not rule out anyone’s right to take the party to court, and that some people even took the chairman of the national caretaker committee of the party to court some weeks ago.