There was mild drama in Ikeja community, Lagos Mainland, today, Saturday, May 19, 2018, after members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) held parallel congresses in a bid to elect executives to represent the party at the state level.
In Acme, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, a faction loyal to Asiwaju Tinubu made public the full results of their own congress even as the election of new party officers is just about to start.
Meanwhile, the legal advisor of the party, Muiz Banire and others are held a parallel Congress at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, dismissing the Congress holding at the party secretariat as illegal. The group cited that it is based on 57 Local Governments and theirs on the Constitutional 20 Local Governments as stipulated in the constitution of Nigeria.
Banire while addressing his supporters reportedly said, they will not surrender Lagos to those who only want to keep enriching themselves without the interest of the masses. He noted that they will do everything possible to truncate the continued reign of Tinubu in Lagos.
At the end of the Congress, the Banire faction allegedly backed by the erstwhile Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola produced Mr. Fouad Oki.
Meanwhile, the Tinubu faction whose Congress produced Mr. Tunde Balogun as the elected APC State Chairman in Lagos State.
This development rearing its ugly head in Lagos has however led to mixed reactions on several social media platforms with residents and political commentators stressing that the parallel Congresses is a clear indication of the crisis rocking the party.
Some Lagos Mainland residents are of the opinion that the development might lead to a major split in the party with the general elections lurking around the corner.