With only 21 days left ahead of the highly anticipated council elections in Lagos State to elect representatives into elective positions in the 57 LGs and LCDAs in Lagos, aggrieved chairmanship aspirants under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Amuwo – Odofin staged a joined protest march to condemn the “unacceptable imposition” and th decision of the party leaders to adopt use of a consensus candidate.
Fifteen out of the 16 chairmanship aspirants in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area took to the streets on Thursday, June 29, 2017, National Wire reports.
The aggrieved aspirants, including wife of Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, Hon. Risikat Adegeye; Otunba Adebanjo Ayeni, Captain Adebayo Dosunmu, among others, during the rally rejected the decision to pick Comrade Valentine Braimoh, who the party said emerged as the consensus candidate in the area.
According to National Wire, the protest march started from 11 Road to First Avenue through 41 Road, Festac Town and later terminated at the Local Government Secretariat on Third Avenue where the protesters met with the Sole Administrator, Mr. Bamidele Oki. They were in company of policemen from the Area “E’ Command who provided security and also ensured that the rally was not hijacked by miscreants.
Speaking with newsmen, one of the aggrieved aspirants, Otunba Adebanjo Ayeni, said the protest became imperative in order to avoid APC losing the slots again to opposition parties in the election.
Ayeni said the protest had been successful from the all indications and protesters had been able to gain support of the electorate, insisting that the choice of Valentine as the consensus candidate in Amuwo Odofin, was unacceptable, undemocratic and injustice, National Wire reports.
“We have all resolved that this will not stand until justice is done by the party leadership. If this matter is not addressed promptly, before the election of July 22, 2017, it portends grave danger for APC if they do not want to lose to opposition parties like that of the 2015 General Election,” he was quoted as saying.
“Valentine has even failed to engage us (aggrieved aspirants) in a meeting on the way to resolve the crisis but rather prefers to approach the party leaders at the state level because he is not popular in Amuwo-odofin,” he added.
In his remarks, another concerned aspirant, Captain Adebayo Dosumu said the party could pick anyone from among the 16 chairmanship aspirants but not Comrade Valentine Buraimoh who he claims had contributed nothing to the development of APC to represent the people of Amuwo Odofin.
“We have written several petitions to the party leadership, particularly, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our well-respected leader but we are still awaiting positive response from him,” Captain Dosumu disclosed.
Recall that mixed reactions had trailed the botched unified chairmanship primary elections staged by the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). During the primaries which involved party delegates and stakeholders, top party chieftains were attacked which led to the abrupt end of the process.