APC’s crises worsen across states

The battle for tickets in the All Progressives Congress, APC, worsened, yesterday, as different tendencies in the party across the country took battle positions ahead of the party’s primaries holding later this month. Tinubu and Oshiomhole The war cries were especially raised in Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Cross River, Delta and Yobe States. Despite the political tension that enveloped Lagos State in recent days, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, picked his nomination form for re-election apparently signalling an end to the doubts about his second term. His re-election bid had kept political stakeholders on edge as it was alleged that national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had raised the flag against his bid. Ambode picks nomination Ambode formally declared his intention to seek for re-election at a colourful event held at Alausa, Ikeja. He thanked Lagosians for believing in him and urged their support for his re-election.Tinubu-Oshiomhole.png ‘’My fellow Lagosians, exactly four years ago, I called on you to join me in a journey of selfless service to build a secure and prosperous Lagos State driven by a vibrant economy and supported by quality service, equity and justice. You believed in me and gave me your support,” he said at the occasion witnessed by notable party members including Senator Gbenga Ashafa, who also obtained his re-election nomination form; Senator Ganiyu Solomon; and Chairman of Conference 57 Local Councils and Local Council Development Areas, Mrs. Omolola Essien among others. However, despite the apparent rapprochement between Ambode and Tinubu, factional chairman of the APC in Lagos, Fouad Oki was unrelenting yesterday as he called on the national leadership of the party not to conduct the direct primaries in Lagos. Lagos faction petitions NWC Oki in a petition to the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee, NWC said that conducting the primaries “will spell doom for the party and expose it to avoidable litigation.” He accused the national secretariat of the APC of “carrying on with impunity and has, so far, been dealing with the impostors and renegades that emerged from the illegally conducted congress in Lagos State. “We believe you are aware of the fact that the majority of the party members in Lagos State are aggrieved (justifiably so) with the attitude of the national body in ensuring the enthronement of illegality, unconstitutionality and impunity as regards Lagos State. “In fact, it has been said that the National Executive you lead has engendered the incineration of all that is decent and legal within the party structure in Lagos State,” the letter read. When contacted, a source at the APC secretariat who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We are not going to join issues with the character on all his tantrums. He is only looking for undeserved attention and we are not ready to give him any chance. Let him go ahead with his plans, we are unperturbed.” Olumide, Osoba’s son raises alarm of threat to his life In neighbouring Ogun State, the crisis arising from the consensus arrangement spearheaded by Governor Ibikunle Amosun continued yesterday after Olumide Osoba, son of former governor of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, raised the alarm that some unknown persons were threatening his life for rejecting the inclusion of his name in the consensus list of the APC. Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, resigned his appointment in the cabinet of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to pursue his governorship ambition on the platform of APC. His declaration was despite the governor’s presentation of Adekunle Akinlade as the consensus candidate.

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