The people of Igbowa-Ikosi in Ikosi Ejinrin Local Council Development Area(LCDA), Epe Division in Lagos State, have appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to reject Saheed Momson as their next Abowa, saying he is physically challenged.
In a letter to the governor and signed by Agbowa-Ikosi Indigenes in Diaspora, Agbowa-Ikosi Indigenous Council and Agbowa-Ikosi Community Youth Council, the community accused the LCDA chair of attempting to foist the nominee on Agbowa-Ikosi people.
They said Momson is not qualified to occupy the seat of Abowa in line with laws governing appointment of obas and chiefs.
“It is unacceptable enough the council chair unilaterally forwarded Saheed Owolabi Momson’s name in a way that violates our right to choose our leader, but to think also that he undermined extant laws regarding qualifications of persons to occupy the Abowa stool leaves much to be desired.
“As you are aware, Section 16 (2) of Oba and Chief Law of Lagos State disqualifies any candidates with serious physical deformity to be Oba and Chief in Lagos state. However, Saheed Momson is seeking to be imposed on the community with connivance of the council chair despite not having the prerequisite qualification.
“To the knowledge of Agbowa-Ikosi, Saheed Momson suffers from deformity in his right leg and even the kingmakers are aware.”
They called on Sanwo-Olu to withhold his approval.