Ambode Must Be Careful Over APC, LUC Crises
Nigeria News takes a look at the crises in APC Lagos and the issue of LUC; how this could affect Akinwunmi Ambode’s chance in 2019 election.
The timing for the Lagos State Government’s reviewed Land Use Charge law and its implementation is sordid. This year is critical for both the political elites and the electorate. 2018 is an electioneering period and the time politicians strategise to win the next election, which of course comes up next year.
However, Lagos State Government is not doing something right at present and since he became the Commissioner of Information, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan has got some challenges to battle with based on government policies that may boomerang if care is not taken.
Bamigbetan had to contend with the information over the outrageous increase in the rate of Land Use Charge. He spoke to journalists and also visited media houses to explain the LUC rate.
According to him, the outrageous rate being peddled in the public never happened, adding, “It is a political strategy by opposition to score cheap popularity.”
Yes, this is the time for any opposition party to carpet the policies of the incumbent regime so as to get sympathy from the electorate. This is why the All Progressives Congress ruling party will have to be cautious in implementing some unpopular policies, one of which is LUC.
The state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has tried to defend the LUC but Lagos residents are not ready to listen.
While the government is battling with the non-acceptability of its policies, APC is creating treading a dangerous path in the state.
At present, there is a division within the party over tenure elongation. The tenure elongation is the decision of the party’s National Executive Committee that all state and national officials be allowed to lead for one more year.
In Lagos, members met at the state House Marina where they disagreed with the decision and warned the party not to contradict the constitution.
The officials are to end their tenure this year but NEC resolved in Abuja to extend it, a situation the Lagos APC described as impunity, which would not stand.
As it is now, nobody has alleged the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of causing the problem in Lagos, despite expressing his disagreement with the continuous stay of the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
An investigation revealed that the crisis in Lagos is a fallout of the crisis between the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and the APC Legal Adviser and former Commissioner for the Environment Muiz Banire.
A few months ago, Banire was suspended by the party at the local level but the lawyer said that the local chapter of the party had no power to suspend him, being a national officer.
During this period, there was an attempt by the state government to demolish a building belonging to Banire inside Ikeja GRA. The government had claimed that the building contravened the state’s environmental law and must be brought down.
The government also planned to seize another building belonging to a former state lawmaker, Funmi Tejuosho whom many believed to be Banire’s friend.
As the 2019 election draws closer, the crisis continues. Where does Ambode belong? Time will tell.