Tinubu Faces Fresh Battle In Lagos
Nigeria News takes a look at the APC Lagos State Congress and the challenges Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be facing in the future.
The All Progressives Congress, APC held its state congress across the country on Saturday but with skirmishes in some of the states.
In Ondo, Kaduna and Ogun States, many members of the party were aggrieved that their candidates were not elected but imposed on them.
In Lagos, another faction of APC came on board to challenge the real APC. While the Tinubu’s faction of the party was having its congress at the APC secretariat on ACME Road, Ogba Lagos, the other faction was having its own at the Lagos Airport Hotel.
The new APC faction, according to the investigation has the backing of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and the APC National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire.
However, Banire has debunked the report that linked him with Lagos faction of APC. He said in a press statement that he was not at the congress organized by a faction of APC in Ikeja but was at Ilasamaja, Mushin area of Lagos to attend a lecture organized by an Ansaru Deen Muslim organization.
He also denied working with the faction, adding that as a national officer of the APC, the constitution forbids him from being partisan.
Though Fashola had not denied the allegation, those who are closer to him said he was not a part of the faction and would not like to be seen as working against his former boss, Tinubu.
At ACME on Saturday APC elected Tunde Balogun as its Chairman, Mr Sunday Ajose as the Deputy Chairman and Wale Ahmed as the state secretary of the party.
Mr Joe Igbokwe retains his position as the APC state Publicity Secretary.
Fashola, a former Governor of Lagos state was expected to be at the Congress, he refused to show up. His absence and that of Banire raised suspicion about their involvement in the emergence of another faction.
Fashola and Banire have been having a long battle with Tinubu since the emergence of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode as the state APC governorship candidate.
Fashola had wanted his Commissioner for Justice and the state Attorney General, Mr Supo Sasore (SAN) to succeed him instead of Akinwunmi Ambode.
But Tinubu threw his weight behind Ambode and eventually ensured his victory. To Banire, the current Lagos Governor, Ambode and almost all the local government chairmen in the state were singlehandedly imposed on the people by Tinubu.
“This cannot continue in true democratic setting and must be stopped,” Banire explained.
To Fashola and Banire, both lawyers, the past and present elections of party officers and political office holders in the state have been a charade over the years. Pure imposition.
Even though the same system produced them, the lawyers are kicking against it just because it does not favour them anymore.
Nevertheless and despite the election of new state officers on Saturday, APC will have an internal force to contend with in Lagos. The new faction is out to contend the legality of the Congress, which to them is not supposed to hold in the 56 local government and local government development areas.
Their argument is that Lagos state has 20 local government as recognized by the Federal Constitution but not 20 local government and 36 local government development areas.