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President plots to destabilize Lagos –Lagos Peoples Vanguard (LPV)

Chairman of Lagos Peoples Vanguard (LPV), a multi-ethnic pressure group, Comrade Sola Omoshola, has alleged plans by President Goodluck Jonathan to destabilize the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)-led administration in the state.

He alleged that the president was planning to incite some ethnic groups to work against the party, all in a desperate bid to pave the way for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to win Lagos in April polls.
The LPV Chairman made the allegation on Saturday when he led a peaceful protest to the new domestic terminal of the Lagos Airport, called MMA 2.

The protesting youths, numbering about 70, were armed with placards of various inscriptions and chanted zestful songs of protest. As they moved around the terminal, they drew the attention of passengers, security personnel and other workers around the place.

Some of the placards read: “Mr President! Please Lagosians are peace-loving people; Mr President welcome to Lagos; Lagos is peaceful; Do not incite Itsekiri, and Ijaw against other ethnic groups; Let your votes count in the next general elections come April 2011”, among others.

In his own remarks, the Chairman of LPV said: “The president is free to come to Lagos. He is welcome any day, but what is wrong is when the president comes to instigate certain ethnic groups against the others. That will not be good for the peace that reigns in Lagos. We’ll resist that. People in Lagos have been living in peace. Please let them leave us alone, we are very happy the way we are.

The dividends of democracy in Lagos can be seen everywhere, in every nook and cranny in Lagos, so we do not want anybody to destabilise it. We are forging ahead in Lagos, the Hausas are here, the Itsekiris are here, the Ijaws are here in Lagos. As a matter of fact, Lagos State is Nigeria, so let nobody destabilise us”, he said.

Omoshola urged eligible Lagosians to ensure they are registered in the ongoing voters’ registration as that remains their only power to elect candidates of their choice. “What we care about, is to get the voters registration right now; if we cannot do it now, then we will never get it right again in our lives. Nigeria is over 50 years and we cannot sell our rights to anybody. We are just saying let Lagosians go out there and register. If need be, let Jega go to the appropriate quarters and ask for extension of date. We want this election to take place in peace. Let people elect leaders they want to serve them”, he added.

Omoshola also urged the president not to allow himself to be used by desperate politicians who want to actualize their ambitions by hook or crook in the state. “There is this information reaching our desk that some people are pushing Mr President to come to Lagos to meet with Ijaws, Itsekiri people to incite them against the political platform that produced the administration in Lagos State. They might have another agenda in mind. If Jonathan wants to come to Lagos to meet his kinsmen, he is welcome anytime any day, but inciting one ethnic group against another will create problems,”he said.


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