Rep seeks can­cel­la­tion of APC ward con­gresses in parts of La­gos

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

Deputy Chair­man, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Com­mit­tee on Fi­nance who also rep­re­sents Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Con­stituency of La­gos at the Na­tional As­sem­bly, Otunba Abay­omi Ogun­lusi, has ad­vised the lead­er­ship of All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) to can­cel ward con­gresses held on Satur­day in some parts of the state.

While ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists at a press brief­ing on Sun­day, Ogun­lusi said ex­cept is­sues aris­ing from the ward con­gresses are ad­e­quately re­solved, there may be ‘unimag­in­able cri­sis’ within the state chap­ter of the party.

The law­maker said the ward con­gresses were marred by protests and vi­o­lence in many cen­tres across the state and that it would only be fair that is­sues sur­round­ing the protests are re­solved be­fore the lo­cal govern­ment con­gresses slated for April 15.

“The mas­sive protests across most of the lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas are a proof of the sham con­gresses held in the state. In my ward, Ward C in Ifako-Ijaiye, the congress did not hold due to fights among mem­bers over al­le­ga­tions that some people wanted to ma­nip­u­late the polls.

“I per­son­ally sent in a pe­ti­tion over it and will op­pose any re­sult is­sued from that ward or any other where congress did not hold. The vi­o­lence that trailed the congress is a warn­ing that the people are no longer ready to ac­cept rig­ging or ma­nip­u­la­tions of any form,” Ogun­lusi said.

He said the suc­cess of APC as a party would be highly de­pen­dent on the con­fi­dence the mem­bers re­pose on the abil­ity of the lead­er­ship to cre­ate a level play­ing ground for all con­tes­tants at all lev­els.

The APC ward con­gresses in some parts of La­gos ended in vi­o­lence on Satur­day, prompt­ing the state Chair­man of Con­gresses Com­mit­tee, Dr Garuba Abari, to as­sure all ag­grieved per­sons that their com­plaints would be looked into. He how­ever ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of post­pon­ing the coun­cil con­gresses slated for next Satur­day.

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