Lagos ACN denies reports of Tinubu appointing daughter as market leader

Former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu

The ACN says its focus is on 2015 and not “market”.

The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has denied media reports that its national leader, Bola Tinubu, has appointed his daughter as successor to his recently deceased mother for the post of ‘Iyaloja’ of Lagos State.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone, the party dismissed the reports as “rantings” of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.

“The (ACN) leadership is not aware of it. It is not true and can never be true,” said Joe Igbokwe, spokesperson, Lagos ACN.

The Lagos PDP had issued a statement on Monday condemning the alleged plot to install Folashade Tinubu-Ojo to succeed her grandmother, the late Abibat Mogaji, as the new President General of market men and women in Lagos State.

In its statement signed by Taofik Gani, the Lagos PDP spokesperson, the party called on the former governor to rescind his decision, adding that Mr. Tinubu had planned to notify market leaders at his Ikoyi home on Tuesday.

“The much-touted democrat should allow the simple tenets of democracy to prevail in the selection of a new leader for the market women, more so as there is no cogent evidence that his nominee and daughter is a full-time market woman,” the PDP statement said.

The PDP even called on the state governor, Raji Fashola, asking him not to sit on the fence “at this auspicious time.”

The Lagos ACN, however, dismissed the statement as the handiwork of “an idle mind.”

“We don’t have time for that kind of thing. We are strategising for 2015 and they are talking about market,” Mr. Igbokwe said. “Who has interest in that kind of thing?”

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