Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, who is serving his second term representing Lagos West District, is having his attempt to switch to the seat of Ogun West in the upper legislative chamber challenged by a group in his new constituency.
The socio-political group, Development Initiative for Ogun West challenged the attempt by the some leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State to impose Senator Adeola on the constituency in a clandestine manner.
In a statement signed by Pastor Oyero Olurin. Engr. (Prince) Bodurin Oduntan, Messrs Deji Kosebinu, Hassan Taiwo and B.O Ajibose, the group said that Adeola’s ancestry in Ogun West (Yewa) is doubtful.
In order to resolve what it called “volatile and contentious issues”, the group called on leaders of thoughts and elders in the state to set up an eight-member investigative committee of two each selected from prominent but non-partisan Ogun West citizens; personalities from other senatorial districts; representatives of reputable Civil Society Organisations; and qualified dispute resolution/mediation experts.
The Development Initiative for Ogun West said the committee should submit its findings to the state government, the Yewa Traditional Council, the state’s Traditional Council, all political parties and the general public.
The group argued that this is the way to forestall the outbreak of violence in the event that Adeola is foisted on the zone as its Senator. “This is moreso when his indigeneship of the Yewa zone is under serious question”, the statement further stated.
Adeola, 52, was born in Lagos and grew up in Alimoso area of the state. A Chartered Accountant, who was the Accountant at The Guardian newspapers, he first got elected into the parliament in 2003 when he represented Alimoso state constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Having served for two terms, he contested and got elected into the House of Representatives to represent Alimoso federal constituency and was in the Green Chamber for a term.
He then got elected as a Senator in 2015 and reelected four years after.
He had previously been touted as a governorship aspirant in Ogun State but is now bidding to represent Ogun West Senatorial District.