The residents of Ifako-Ijaye Local Government of Lagos are up in arms against the second term bid of the incumbent chairman, Demola Doherty, urging the party leaders not to field him again for the coming local government election.
In separate letters at our disposal that were sent to the former governoer of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the incumbent governor, Raji Fashola, the petitioners – Ifako-Ijaye Muslim and Christian Community Forum and Coalition of Civil Societies For Good Governance – stated that that they have watched for three years, the flagrant disregard for humanity, constitutionalism and abuse of power by Hon. Demola Doherty in the local government.
They went further that his contribution in terms of service delivery from the enormous monthly statutory allocation and internally generated revenue is a colossal waste. The local government cannot boast of any meaningful project and the few ones done with enormous resources were either badly executed or uncompleted
The letter further stated that it is unprecedented in the history of Ifako- Ijaye Local Government Council that a debt of N1b plus has been incurred by Hon. Demola Doherty despite the enormous resources from monthly allocation, yet no positive development project could be traced to the debt.
The Muslim and Christian community also said in his flagrance disobedience and arrogance to the people of the community, he was invited to a meeting to discuss the way forward for his government and second term but rather than honouring the invitation, he refused to show nor did he send a representative to the meeting
Based on this and others, they are now urging the Action Congress of Nigeria leaders not to field Doherty in the coming election as his candidature will spell doom for the party because the people of the community are tired of the bad governance of the chairman.
In our effort to hear Doherty’s comment concerning the petition against him, Global News put a call to his chief of staff, Prince Yomi Adedo and fortunately he was with the chairman and he passed the phone to him. But along the line, he claimed that the line was bad and promised to call us back, which he has not as at the time of going to press.