Many residents of Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Epe, Somolu and Kosofe local government areas of Lagos-East senatorial district are gearing to vote the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi fondly called BOG, over the ruling party in the state, APC, in the forthcoming Lagos-East Senatorial bye-election scheduled to hold on Saturday, December 5, 2020, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
The electorates in the senatorial district are unanimously opposed to the insensitivity and inability of All Progressives Congress (APC) government to respond to or effect changes in their Lagos-East senatorial districts and promised to fight back by voting out the party in the forthcoming bye-election.
“In two decades, there have been an absentee representation in the Lagos-East senatorial district of Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Somolu, Epe, and Kosofe Local government areas as the constituents have been treated with abandon recklessness.” – Ikuomola Rasheed, a resident of Ketu, Kosofe local government area of Lagos state.
With his angry voice, Mr. Sunday Ajeigbe, Epe LGA, said “I like President Buhari but I think APC is underestimating how angry people are with them in Lagos State especially in Lagos-East senatorial district. The constituents are not blind, neither are they deaf to understand how the political elite in Lagos APC has continued to rule like an emperor and have given very little in return in terms provision of socio-infrastructure.”
“Just take a look at the roads that have been completely neglected or the tankers that are crippling businesses and constituting a nuisance on our roads. The people are angry, and we are speaking through the ballot in this forthcoming election.” Sheriff, a taxi driver, Ikorodu.
“APC, has not only impoverished Lagosians and Nigerians but with its clumsy representation at the senate and governorship level, plunged the state into a debt that future generations will have to pay. I don’t want to keep agonising, Lagos-East bye-election on Saturday, December 5, will make a difference.” – Bimpe Badmus, accountant and store owner, Ibeju-Lekki.
According to Dr. Ajibade Idowu, Ibeju-Lekki “First and more importantly, the people of Lagos East have been long abandoned by the politicians. After the election, they move to Abuja, they forget we exist. Four years after, they remember that we are important. When you look at places like Ikorodu, Kosofe, Epe, and Ibeju-Lekki that I do business, you will notice a steady decline in infrastructure development and the quality of living.
A lot of young people are volunteering for this election, they realize it is about their freedom than it is about the ambition of any politician and political parties.”
“APC house of lies that is being nurtured with the blood of Lagosians must collapse. Lekki shootings and killings are still fresh in our minds going into this election. We move.” Edaife John, student of Lagos state Polytechnics, Ikorodu.
According to Stephen Marvel Olalekan, a human rights activist quipped “To many of us in Lagos-East, the state has been pandering to the whims and caprices of one powerful man who has a hegemonic control over the political system through the ruling APC and their loyalists since the return of democracy in 1999. This is the time to take the district and the state back.”
All the councils in Lagos-East except Epe have produced a senator to represent the zone. This has become a major factor that will be considered in the quest for which party I will vote for, come December 5. I will vote PDP because APC has melted great injustice to Epe people since 1999 till date.” Adeniran Debo
The Lagos-East senatorial bye-election is coming on the heel of the demise of Senator Bayo Osinowo, who was elected into the senate in 2019, after serving as a member of the State House of Assembly for 16 years representing Kosofe local government area. He was buried in his home town in Ijebu-ode of Ogun state.