Governor Alex Otti of Abia has visited his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the ongoing demolition of some Igbo-owned shops inside the Alaba International Market.
Igbo traders in the market had alleged that the Lagos state government was victimising them because of their political choices in the 2023 general elections.
They also alleged that there are plans by the Lagos state government to sell the shops in the market to Chinese business people.
On Tuesday, June 21, Governor Otti conferred with Sanwo-Olu on the issue, according to sources in the Labour Party, the political platform of the Abia governor.
The visit also drew commendations from Labour Party supporters on social media, who hailed Governor Otti for his actions.
Chimamanda Obi, an LP supporter, wrote:
”Alex Otti has travelled to Lagos state to find out why Lagos state government is demolishing shops belonging to Igbos. This is what I call leading from front.”
”I am glad that someone is there to represent the interests of the Igbo people, and I am always proud of Alex Otti. I believe he will strive to do his best for his constituents,” another elated supporter of the party wrote.
On his Twitter page, Governor Sanwo-Olu wrote:
”Honoured to receive Governor Alex Otti of Abia State at Lagos House, Marina today. Productive discussions on strengthening collaboration between Lagos and Abia for shared prosperity and development.
”Together, we’ll create a brighter future for our states and the entire nation.”