Prince Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has denied reports of alleged imposition levelled against him by some party members in the Lagos Island Local Government Area ahead of the July 24 local government elections in Lagos state.
Some protesters, who stormed the DAILY INDEPENDENT head office on Monday, said while the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) agreed to make use of the indirect primary method where party members will vote for the aspirants of their choice, some leaders in the party are plotting to use the consensus method so as to shut out other aspirants and pave way for their ‘anointed’ candidate.
They accused Prince Olusi, who is the leader of Lagos Central Senatorial District, of making moves to install his son, Adetoyese Olusi, who is the incumbent chairman of Lagos Island Local Government for another term despite what they call his “incompetence and maladministration in office.”
According to them, Olusi, who is the second in command to Tinubu in Lagos APC hierarchy, is plotting to scheme out Prince Adewale Taorid Ojora, who is the popular choice of the people of Lagos Island from participating in the primaries.
However, speaking while with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Olusi, who described Ojora as his son, said he has nothing to do with the local government elections, adding that those mentioning his name are only trying to embarrass him.
He said Ojora has a right to contest for the chairmanship position of Lagos Island Local Government as well as other elective positions in the state.
Speaking further, Olusi who said his son, Adetoyese, also has a right to seek reelection into the office, said the conduct of the primaries is the responsibility of the party and not his.
He said: “Adewale Taorid Ojora is my cousin. His late father was Prince Latifu Ojora who was head of princes in Lagos and I was the General Secretary. The head of his own immediate family is my elder brother, Otunba Kunle Ojora. So, we are very close.
“Taorid is like my son and he is entitled to contest any position in Lagos and indeed, in Nigeria.
“I am not connected with the present contest. My son, Adetoyese Olusi is the current chairman of the local government and he has a right to seek reelection.
“The conduct of the primary is the party’s responsibility and the party has set up a committee headed by the deputy governor of Lagos state to conduct primaries. I am told that guidelines were published in the newspapers.
“So, people should not bring my name into this at all except they just want to embarrass me,” he said.