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(Opinion): As An Elected Council Chairman In Lagos, Will Bayo Olasoju Still Remain K1's Manager?

On Saturday, 24th July, 2021, Hon. Bayo Olasoju who happens to be the Manager to Fuji music legend, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Anifowoshe Marshal better known as K1, was elected as the Executive Chairman of Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos State. And in a couple of days, he would, together with other elected Council Chairmen across the state, be sworn-in by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu. Until his election as the new Chairman, Hon. Olasoju was the Vice Chairman to the outgoing Executive Chairman of the same LCDA, Hon. Olaleye Shamsideen Abiodun.

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So, in view of the foregoing, K1 should be a happier man by now. Because, he was the one who pulled the political strings for Hon. Olasoju to be given the ticket of the ruling party in the state, All Progressives Congress (APC), going into the election. And now, his manager has been duly elected to take charge of a third tier of governance in Nigeria. And this is not the first time K1 would be charting the course in politics for Hon. Olasoju. It is same K1 who, reportedly, ensured he was selected to be the Vice Chairman of same council for the last 4 years. And before then, he had also handled one of two political appointments in Lagos State, through the influence of K1.

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And no wonder Hon. Olasoju has remained very loyal to K1, such that he refused to resign as K1's Manager, even when he became the Vice Chairman of Isolo LCDA. And funnily enough, his political opponents attempted to use that against him, when he was still jostling for the ticket of APC before the primary election was held by the party, to pick its candidates for the Local Councils' Election. He was accused of being more at K1 shows, all over the place, than being at the LCDA Secretariat where he was supposed to be sitting as the Vice Chairman. But thank God, that "campaign of calumny" failed against him, as he still went ahead to get the party's ticket.

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Hon. Olasoju still remained K1's Manager till he went into his election, and won. As a quick flash back, Hon. Olasoju became K1's substantive Manager sometime in 2014, after Percy Ademokun who managed K1 for 17 years left, and relocated to the United States of America. Before then, Hon. Olasoju had been working for K1 in the background. "I have always been in the background. I was handling the political aspect of his connections and dealings,” Hon. Olasoju once told the Nation Newspaper in an interview, after he got elevated to K1's substantive Manager.

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And if Hon. Olasoju could remain K1's Manager as a Council Vice Chairman, is he still going to remain so, now as an Executive Chairman of the Council, to continue proving his loyalty? Or, would he be handing over the baton to someone else, like Percy Ademokun handed it to him?

Well, time will tell.

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Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Anifowoshe Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Bayo Olasoju Council Lagos


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