As the 2023 general elections draws closer, one of Ikorodu’s Royal Fathers, HRM Oba Basiru Aremu Sotonwa, FNSE (Osomeku 1), Sekumade of Ipakodo has charged the APC House of Assembly candidate for Ikorodu Constituency 1, Hon Ogunleye Gbolahan Adetokunbo (OGA) to keep the flag of Ikorodu flying in the House, when elected to represent the good people of Ikorodu Constituency 1.
Oba Sotonwa gave the advise on Wednesday when the APC candidate and his campaign team paid a courtesy visit to the monarch in his palace at Ipakodo.
‘Ikorodu is highly regarded in the Lagos State House of Assembly due to the good works of previous occupants of the office. I want to implore you to sustain the tempo by maintaining the good legacies of your predecessors’, Oba Sotonwa stated.
‘Also, your father who is a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State has done well for himself, Ikorodu and Lagos State in general. It is now your turn to sustain the good name and noble family you came from by giving quality representation to the good people of Ikorodu Constituency 1’, the monarch added.
Oba Sotonwa expressed confidence in the ability of Hon Ogunleye to deliver on his campaign promises, stating that the APC House of Assembly candidate was both his son and in-law, having been married to one of his nieces.
Corroborating Oba Sotonwa, the Olisa of Ipakodo, High Chief Oladayo Shotomiwa charged the APC candidate to ensure constant contacts with the royal fathers for effective feedbacks.
He also charged the candidate to reciprocate the massive support he has received from his supporters, particularly the women who dominated his campaign team when elected.
Responding, Ogunleye Gbolahan Adetokunbo popularly called OGA thanked Oba Sotonwa for the warm reception given to his team, describing the visit as a home-coming.
He assured the monarch that he has taken note of all his counsels, promising that they will form the basis for his activities once elected into office.
The highpoint of the visit was the offering of prayers on the APC candidate. This was performed by the Olotu Ebi of the Jimbo Family, Prince Olayinka Mese Jimbo, on behalf of Oba Sotonwa.
On the visiting team was the Executive Chairman of Ikorodu West LCDA, Hon Sulaiman Kazeem Olanrewaju, APC Apex Leader, Alh Jamiu Adio Saka and Ikorodu Divisional APC Leader, Alh Musiliu Animashaun a.k.a De Cubano.
Others were all past Executive Chairmen and Executive Secretary of Ikorodu West LCDA.
The OGA Campaign team was led by the Director-General and Secretary of the APC Ikorodu LGA, Mr Kehinde Ayanbadejo.