Rachael Sampson, Information Officer of the Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area (LCDA), has said the attack on Jumoke Jumbo-Ademehin, chairman of the council, was politically motivated and not because of underperformance in office.
The five councilors from various wards in the LCDA locked out Jumbo-Ademehin of the council building in January and placed the mace in front of her office to stop her from gaining entry.
Ikorodu Radio, a local station, had quoted one of the councilors as saying the chairman had not exacuted any project in their wards and deducted some money from their salaries as well as not paying their sitting allowances.
But speaking to Newsbreak over the clash, Sampson stated that the incident was political in nature.
While stating that the chairman cannot satisfy all the councillors, she added that the Local Government cannot do beyond its means.
“What happened had to do with political matters. The chairman has commissioned projects, including five blocks of classrooms at Itowolo Community Primary School. As a human being in position, people expect you to do everything and you can’t be 100 percent good to everybody.
“Government work within the limit of what they have, but not everyone will understand that. The council cannot go beyond its limit. Sometimes you just look at some people and ask if they are human beings,” the officer said.
Asked if the chairman was locked out of the council premises, she replied:
“I’m not aware of that and I’m always in the office. The news some people wrote, they said a source from the council. Which source is it that they can’t reveal,?” the information officer queried.
Reports say it took the intervention of some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ikorodu, and Mudashiru Obasa, speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, to settle the showdown.