“Faleke, go back to Kogi, Ikeja say no to you,” “90 Shops in Kogi, Go back to your Kogi.”
These are the inscriptions in some of the placards carried by protesters of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Ikeja Federal Constituency, Lagos State, against the re-election bid of James Faleke into the federal House of Representatives.
Faleke, who is believed to be positioning himself for re-election in 2019 elections to continue to represent Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, had in 2016, gone to contest the deputy governorship seat in Kogi, his state of origin.
The protesters, who chanted different songs against Faleke, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, said that he had not represented the constituency well.
Inscriptions in other placards carried by the protesters who marched on Ikeja streets peacefully read: “16 years of representing Ikeja with no constituency benefit,” “Dear Tinubu, the People of Ikeja, Ojodu, and Onigbongbo say no to Faleke” among others.
One of the leaders of the protesters, Solomon Johnson, said that there were so many capable and vibrant youths, men and women that could represent the constituency even as the APC leader in the constituency, Johnson, APC said that the protest was to tell the leadership of the party that the residents would not support the re-election of Faleke to the House of Representatives.
“He has been in power in the last 18 years and we feel he has done enough.”
According to Johnson, since the lawmaker has gone to contest Kogi Deputy Governorship Election in 2016, the legislative seat should be given to another individual in the person of Mrs. Toke Benson.
He asked Faleke to concentrate on strengthening APC in Kogi rather than seek re-election by transferring his voter register back to Lagos.
“It will be a slap on the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency if Faleke is forced on residents, we have able youths that can represent the constituency and we have found Mrs Toke Benson.
“Since the party is interested in promoting women participation, Toke Benson is qualified, she is a lawyer and well known. Enough of impunity. Give us Toke Benson and we will deliver Ikeja for APC,” Johnson said.
Another leader of the protesters, Hope James said, “The entire people of Ikeja want a change. The attention of Faleke has been in Kogi. Our people have not been benefiting from that office.”
James, one of the APC stalwarts from Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, alleged that the lawmaker had not been representing the constituency well.