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Socialist Democracy July - August 2003 Index



Three socialist activists and members of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) on Saturday, 24th May, 2003, were elected as councillorship candidates at Ajeromi\Ifelodun Local Government congress of National Conscience Party (NCP). These comrades are Akingbade Smart (Ward A), Obi Onyeka (Ward B) and Matthew Opiah (Ward E).

This means that the three will represent NCP at their wards in the forthcoming local government elections in Ajeromi Ifelodun. There are eleven wards in the entire local government area. The other elected councillorship candidates are Segun Akinhanmi (Ward C), Willy Edet (Ward D), Daisi Omotehinwa (Ward F), Anthony Patrick (Ward G), David Obi (Ward H) and Opara Christian (Ward J). Election was not conducted in Ward I.

But another socialist activist and editor of Socialist Democracy, Dagga Tolar, lost in the election to select the party's chairmanship candidate. He lost narrowly to Deacon Kola Olupitan by 156 votes to 131. The congress had about 300 members in attendance and representatives from state and national secretariats who came to monitor the congress.

In his speech before the election, Dagga Tolar promised that if elected, he would democratically involve the working masses of the area in the management of the local government and the control of its resources. He said he would collect only the salary of an average civil servant and that the remaining of his salaries he would be used to support the struggles of labour unions, students' unions, civil rights associations and other oppressed groups.

This impressive result by the socialist activists is as a result of the enormous work they have been doing in the area for many years in fighting for the rights of the residents and building the NCP. During the last elections, the socialist activists were on the streets almost on a daily basis campaigning for NCP candidates. Over 1,000 copies of Socialist Democracy were sold in the area during the campaign while many new members joined the DSM.




Socialist Democracy July - August 2003 Index