A cross section of Ikorodu division stakeholders and opinion moulders have urged the Chairman,  Ikorodu Oga Development Association and the reigning 2017 Ikorodu Man of the Year, Otunba Ganiyu Oluwasegun Abiru to run for the Lagos East Senatorial seat, currently being occupied by Senator Bareehu Olugbenga Ashafa, a two-term senator from Ibeju-Lekki axis of the state.

The agitation for Abiru to run for the Senate seat, come 2019 which first started like a joke on whatsapp groups and other social media platforms have gained renewed momentum with the emergence of Abiru as Ikorodu Man of the year, based largely on his unprecedented performance as IKODASS Chairman, in less than one year in office.

Also lending his voice to the call on Otunba Abiru to run for the senatorial seat, the paramount ruler of Ikorodu division and Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi while presenting the man of the year award, referred to Otunba Abiru as the incoming Senator.

Oba Shotobi further revealed that, ‘when we needed someone to fill the position of IKODASS chairman, Otunba Abiru name came to mind. I have no doubt that we made the right choice at that time. His unprecedented performance and repositioning of Ikorodu Oga day celebration is a testimony to his many achievements, within a short time in office’.

Despite the growing agitation however, the body language of Otunba Abiru suggests that he is yet to decided on whether to heed the call of his Ikorodu division stakeholders to make him represent them at the Senate.

In a chat with Ikorodu Oga Radio, Otunba Abiru said, ‘ while I thank everybody, including Kabiyesi for the honour, I want to say that, I’m not a politician but a community activist. I will continue to support the development of my community in whatever capacity, on the Senate thing, it is not in my plan for now. I’m ready to do anything for my community and support its cause in any way’ he submitted.

But, despite Abirus non -commital attitude, some youths within the division have stepped up plans to force him into the senatorial race by floating two separate whatsapp chat groups to promote the ambition. One of the group is OGA for Senate while the second one is tagged, GOA for Senate, all created using Otunba Abiru’s initials.

The two groups have also created online posters to promote Abiru as their preferred candidate from Ikorodu Division to occupy the Lagos east senatorial seat in 2019.

One of the promoters of the groups in his recent post stated that, while Otunba Abiru has the right to say he is not interested in the race, the community can make him see reasons to represent its interest as Senator, representing Lagos east senatorial district.

The belief in many quarters is that, if Otunba Abiru can perform so well as IKODASS chairman, within one year, he will be a better Senator for the Lagos east senatorial district come 2019, compared to the incumbent who has not been visible nor identify with the division since in his almost 8 years in office.

It is instructive to note that, Otunba Abiru will be the first indigene of Ikorodu division that will be so nominated un-opposed by all stakeholders of the division for a political office, and also the first time the division will be unanimously rooting for a candidate for such a high profile office in the political history of Ikorodu division.


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