The entire stretch of Ikorodu road from Anthony to Maryland and other adjoining community roads were on lockdown yesterday Sunday, September 30, 2018, as political supporters and loyalists of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode under the aegis of Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG) staged a political rally in the axis.
The supporters who came out in their hundreds, converged on the premises of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Maryland, Lagos Mainland, and marched through Ikorodu Road to Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, where they were joined by others who came from other communities on the Lagos Mainland.
At the gathering, the leaders of the group took turns to speak to the participants in the rally urging them to ensure Ambode emerge victorious in the primary in their respective wards.
Speaking at the rally, Director General of the Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG), Hon Hakeem Sulaimon, particularly declared no confidence in the State Executive of APC led by Tunde Balogun for openly exhibiting bias towards the Governor, saying the chairman committed faux pas when he participated at briefing where another governorship aspirant was purportedly endorsed by party leaders.
While tracing the root of the problem which the Governor had with some party leaders, Sulaimon said it was unfortunate that the same character who informed the Governor not to relate with party leaders immediately after the election was now the one playing on the intelligence of members not to support the Governor for re-election.
In addition, the rally was joined by popular Fuji musician, Abass Akande Obesere who sang praises of the Governor and took time to dish out folk music to the delight of the onlookers.
Speaking at the rally, a member of the Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG), Yusuf Azeez told InsideMainland that; “we are solidly behind our man Ambode. He is the going nowhere and would rule Lagos for another four years.
“The party leaders who are after going against his candidacy or want him to step down cannot influence all of us. We have taken a decision and we are ready to stand by it.”
Motorists, residents react
Motorist plying the Ojota end of Ikorodu road affected by the traffic gridlock caused by the rally condemned the exercise by the loyalists saying it was ill-conceived without the input of traffic managers who would have ensured free flow of traffic in the area.
Eyes Of Lagos gathered that, According to a commercial bus driver who gave his name as Agbana, the rally should have held in Ikoyi or an area where the leaders of the party would be directly affected. “Why did they come down here? Did they remember to hold a rally when there was fire at Olusosun for several days or when we complained of the bad portion on Ikorodu road?
“They should have visited Ikoyi, VGC, Lekki and other posh areas where the party leaders can also feel the effect of the rally.”
A resident of Ogudu, Simbiat Akinade while commenting said that “the group should have invited LASTMA guys to help in the rally. That would have gone a long way in ensure free flow of traffic than allowing innocent citizens spend productive time in traffic.”