Imposition Of Candidates: Lagos APC Engulf In Crisis

Imposition Of Candidates: Lagos APC Engulf In Crisis
September 22 20:13 2014 Print This Article
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Indications have emerged that a crisis that may end the continuous holding on to power by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State is brewing owing to the habitual fested practice of imposition of candidates by the party.

We gathered that members of the state chapter of the APC are already ‘ganging’ up against any form of candidates’ imposition ahead of the general election in 2015.

They accused the Ajomale-led executive of planning to impose candidates on them in the forthcoming elections.

Members of APC have been locked in confrontations, throwing decorum into the winds in their determination to ensure that candidates in the forthcoming elections emerge through a properly conducted primary election. Members have accused the Ajomale-led exco of planning to subvert the primaries and impose candidates who have been lobbying through the backdoor.

Dependable sources told FrontiersNews that series of meetings held in some constituencies across the state recently have ended in mayhem as party members resisted glaring moves by the party top brass to impose candidates on them.

The Ajomale leadership, it was learnt, is now jittery of perceived determination by the overwhelming majority of members in the state  to frustrate the age-long tradition of the party leadership to impose candidates on the electorates and as such subject them as perpetual underdog.

Meetings held by the party leadership in Mushin, Surulere and Ikeja constituencies have been soaked in mayhem and aborted by party members who mounted resistance to ensure that the agenda to impose candidates on them were thwarted.

At Mushin, dangerous weapons were wielded by members to subdue the leadership leading to their scampering for safety as they scurry out of the meeting.

For instance, members in Ikeja constituency have vowed to resist the move to impose a member of the House of Representatives, James Faleke, whom the Ajomale-led leadership planned to feature again to re-represent the constituency in the green chamber.

Party members are bent on replacing Faleke whom they accused of low performance after so many chances have been given to him to represent the people in Abuja in the past with virtually nothing to show for it.

FrontiersNews gathered that Faleke who was said to have manoeuvred his way through the backdoor to become the choice of the Ikeja constituency for the House of Representatives slot performed abysmally below expectation as chairman of Ojodu Local Government and as such lost the confidence of the people in the zone.

“His low performance and eventual dwindled popularity among the people in the area, ostensibly resulted in the lingering backdoor scheming, having realised he could no longer forge ahead in a popular democracy,” said Jacob Erinfolami, a member of the APC in the constituency.

Erinfolami noted that though, a lot of the members have been wronged by the recent policies of the APC government in the state, they have resolved to remain within and fight all injustices to ensure that credible people emerge as candidates of the party in coming elections.

He noted that though the Ajomale-led group is bent on coasting home with the intention to frustrate the conduct of a primary election and impose their favoured candidate, members are also resolute in their determination to ensure that such plans are upturned.

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