Some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos, under the auspices of Concerned APC Progressives, have petitioned the party’s national caretaker committee in Abuja against plans by the state chapter of the party to field candidates for the forthcoming local government elections in 57 local government councils instead of 20.
Specifically, they accused the chairman of the state chapter of the party, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, of anti-party activities, subversion of the provision of the constitution, and indulging in actions capable of eroding the core values of the party in the country.
In the petition signed by the chairman of the group, Kabir Onalapo, and secretary, Olajide Olukogbe, the APC members said they considered it “expedient” and “imperative” to bring this infraction to the knowledge of the party which, according to them, “if left unattended would thwart the overall efforts of the national body of the APC in deepening democracy in Nigeria.
They urged the national leadership of the party to prevail on the governor of Lagos State to advise LAISEC to conduct election only in the constitutionally recognized 20 local government councils and desist from conducting elections in the 57 local government councils to avoid national embarrassment for the party.
The petitioners alleged that while local government elections can only be validly held in the recognized 20 local government councils in Lagos State, it would amount to the total disregard of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) if the national body of the APC is dealing with Lagos on grounds of 20 local government councils and the Lagos chapter of the party on its own volition is dealing within itself based on 57 local government councils.
“If this is allowed without the party at the National level taking urgent steps to correct the anomaly it might grievously affect and undermine the existence of the political party in the state” they alleged.
The APC members noted that if Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission should go-ahead to conduct any local government election as stated on July 24, 2021, it would not only violate the core values of the party but also the section of the provisions of the Constitution which recognizes only 20 local government councils for Lagos State as against the much flaunted 57 local government councils.
They reminded the APC national caretaker committee chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, that it would amount to a travesty of Justice and an act of impunity of the ruling political party at the National level which usually acts in accordance with the provisions of the constitution in all states of the federation to allow the political party at the state level to behave otherwise.
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