Lagos energy commissioner dumps APC, as party crisis deepens

The internal crisis rocking the Lagos state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seems yet to be over with the resignation of from the party of Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olawale Oluwo, on Wednesday.

The commissioner, who is a closed associate of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, resigned through a letter dated December 3.

The letter was addressed to the state APC chairman. The commissioner is said to be defecting to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ambode was the only governor under the platform of the APC that failed to obtain a return ticket. The party’s governorship ticket was  given to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a candidate backed by APC leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in a controversial primaries.

Mr Oluwo said “I have found it rather difficult to come to terms or rationalise the party’s conduct of the October 2018 primary elections, which were largely characterised by massive voter disenfranchisement, intimidation, violence, undue influence and non-compliance with all known principles of democracy.”

“In the particular case of the gubernatorial primary, which was conducted using the ‘open ballot’ option in violation of the guidelines of the APC that specified the ‘open-secret ballot’ option, it is clear to me that the core principles of merit, competence, justice and fairness have been sacrificed by the APC on the altar of political expediency.”

“I have struggled for weeks to understand the rationale for the apparent desperation and the brigandage brazenly displayed by the party apparatchik in the various elections. I had never thought such vicious attack could be unleashed on the progress that the state has made in its steady democratic journey.”

“The indifference of the APC to the continued use of an arm of government by a powerful group within the party to intimidate critical institutions or democracy in the state, undermines the doctrine of separation of powers, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and impairs government’s ability to implement policies and programmes that will benefit the majority of the people. This is in conflict with my strongly held belief that group interest, no matter how powerful, must be subordinated to the interest of the majority.”