Seun Kuti’s Mistake is Mixing EndSARS With Attempt to Form A Political Party- Ogunlewe




A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, on Wednesday said afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti's son, Seun Kuti made the mistake of mixing the EndSARS campaign with an attempt to form a political party.
 
Ogunlewe made the comment during an interview with Arise News on Wednesday morning, adding that Seun is very free to resuscitate Fela's political party, Movement of the People, MOP.
 
In 1979, Fela formed MOP and ran unsuccessfully for the presidency of Nigeria.
 
The former Minister of Works also asked Lagos-based lawyers, industries, National Assembly and the Federal Government to join in rebuilding Lagos through donations and approval of funds.
 
He declared that rebuilding of Lagos State is a national assignment which the FG must contribute to.
 
Ogunlewe speaking about Seun Kuti said: "Leave the EndSARS out of your father's political party, write to INEC, they will register your political party. That has nothing to do with the police. But don't mix the EndSARS issue with the party. They are separate. The expectations of the EndSARS protesters are different from those of the political parties. They should be allowed to be free."
 
He also condemned the registration of Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs, only at Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, recommending that it is an exercise that should be done at the local levels.
 
Delving into the issue of rebuilding Lagos, Ogunlewe said, "I was in the National Assembly for a while and I know the tendency and the thinking of the people who are not Lagosians or from the South-West. They think they are not representing Lagos State at the National Assembly and will rather fight for their own constituency than fight for Lagos. Notwithstanding, if we package our proposal properly, it could be considered on merit. For instance under section 164 of the constitution, we could apply for allocation of funds for the repurchase of the burnt buses of about N86 billion. They will consider that because it is not a Lagos Government affair. It is meant for the people of Lagos because that is what they use to go to work.

"If we talk about rebuilding the courts, I don't think the Federal Government will be too interested in that or members of the National Assembly. The people that can be interested are the lawyers practising in Lagos. And they are many, particularly the people with SAN. They can gather together and raise N20 billion in two days. And they will build it because of their connection with the judiciary.

"Rebuilding of Lagos State is a national assignment which the FG must contribute to. The stakeholders in Lagos particularly, the big companies should contribute. The lawyers should contribute. 
 
"We have to make sure we compartmentalize this request to suit the need of the people who are using those facilities. If we talk about all the shops that were burnt in Surulere. I don't think the FG will be interested in that. It is a personal issue. If they don't have insurance then somebody can do something. 
 
"If we talk about the Lekki Toll Gate, it is a commercial venture, owned by a private individual. Requesting for support from the FG to resuscitate the facility may not be easy. Let us pick the ones that are affecting the generality of the people like the buses. The government will issue funds for that because it is part of the programme of the FG."

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