Fresh Crisis Rocks Lagos APC As Party Chairman Summons Ward Excos To Share N570m Bribe
Aggrieved Aspirants File Suits To Stop ‘Illegal Delegates List’
Another phase in the series of crisis set to undermine the All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos may begin today with an emergency meeting called by the Chairman of the party in the state, Dele Ajomale for 6pm local time at a Guest House in Yaba area of the state, where he will direct all local government area (LGA) chairmen of the party to work for the emergence of a controversial governorship aspirant, Akinwunmi Ambode at its primaries scheduled for December 4.
iReports-ng.com gathered that the clandestine meeting called to mobilize each of the party’s LGA chairmen with N10 million was hurriedly fixed for Royal Guest House, by Yaba College of Technology gate, Abule Ijesha, Yaba today through a text message sent to all the party chiefs earlier today by one Otunba Dengel Anifowoshe. The meeting, it was gathered, was called to bribe and induce the LGA party chairmen to ask their delegates to work for the emergence of Ambode after it was becoming more and more obvious that the party members would not support the aspirant who is not an indigene of Lagos but Ondo state.
The fund to be shared among the party chiefs which totals N570 million was at the time of filing this report being packaged in US dollar currency in one of the guest houses of a prominent leader of the party, located along Isaac John street in Ikeja GRA where a group of party elders called Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC usually hold their caucus meetings, the last of which was held last Tuesday on the same thorny issue: the APC governorship primaries.
iReports-ng.com learnt that apart from some of the LGA party chairmen who are poised for a showdown at the meeting, some angry party youths who are already aware of the move may turn the venue to a theatre of bloody face-off with some compromised party leaders.
Beyond this, court actions by aggrieved aspirants may further deepen the crisis rocking the party in the state. Already, drafted lawsuits seeking to stop the party from using “an illegal list of delegates for primaries” will be filed in court on Monday by some forces pushing for direct primaries in the party. They are alleging that “an illegal list of delegates has been prepared by some selfish party leaders to foist their preferred candidate on the generality of the party members”, while they want the choice of candidates thrown open to all party members in a direct primary election.
The suit may well be the last straw that will break the unity and ability of the APC to present candidates for the next general elections in Lagos. Only time will tell as we continue to update our readers on developments in the ruling party in Nigeria’s commercial capital.