Eti-Osa East LCDA people drum support for Hon. John Campos Ogundare - Islanders Magazine


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Monday 8 April 2024

Eti-Osa East LCDA people drum support for Hon. John Campos Ogundare

 ....stage solidarity protest at Alausa

The leadership and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), market men and women, trade associations, the Arewa group, and the Ohaneze Ndigbo in Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area of Lagos have drummed their support for the leadership of the local council chairman, Hon. John Campos Ogundare.

They gave the verdict during a peaceful protest staged at the Lagos State House of Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on Monday.

During the solidarity protest, the people dissociated themselves from a group identified as Concerned Residents of Eti-Osa East, which called for the suspension of the council chairman over alleged financial misappropriation.

Speaking during Monday’s protest, APC Chairman in Eti-Osa East LCDA, Adekunle Odunuga, described the Concerned Residents of Eti-Osa East as a faceless group with sponsored protesters.

He said, “We are here to dissociate ourselves from those who demonstrated last week at the Lagos State House of Assembly. They are not part of us.

“We don’t know them. They are not part of us in Eti-Osa East LCDA, nor are they members of our party, the APC. On behalf of members of the APC and the residents of Eti-Osa East, we pass a vote of confidence in the leadership of Hon. Campos Ogundare.”

Chief Jonathan Amadi, Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo of Eti-Osa East LCDA, said the achievements of the council chairman speak volumes about why he is subject to attack.

He said, “We are here to demonstrate that the Chairman deserves a second term for the good work he has been doing in Eti-Osa.

‘Before now, you could not walk freely in Eti-Osa LCDA without being attacked by hoodlums, but today, all that is gone. The good work of the council chairman speaks volumes.

“He is working to develop the district, and that is why some bad people are sponsoring a campaign of calumny against him.

“Those that demonstrated last week are faceless. I was in Abuja last week when I heard about the protest, and I had to leave what I was doing to declare a vote of confidence in his leadership. He has shown good leadership and deserves a second term. This is why there has been no conflict in Eti-Osa East LCDA.”

A market leader, Alhaja Mutiat Awere, appealed to the detractors not to drag Eti-Osa East backward with baseless and unfounded allegations.

She said, “Please don’t let them drag us backward in Eti-Osa East LCDA because the council chairman is doing a lot to improve the standard of living of residents.

“Those who are behind these baseless allegations want the chairman to enrich them, whereas he is concentrating on infrastructure development.

“That is his offence before them. So I want to appeal to the lawmakers to not allow the sponsored protesters to detail the good administration of Hon. Campos Ogundare."

Responding, Hon. Desmond Olusola Elliot, representing Surulere 1 at the State House of Assembly, assured the protesters of a just and fair hearing.

He said, “We have heard what you have said. We have listened to both parties. Today, we have come to listen to your protest.

“We have collected your petition, and I can assure you that the House, under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, will look into it. I appeal to you to return to your destination as peacefully as you can.”

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