APC Lagos congress: Party won’t recognise both Excos – Abdullahi

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progress Congress, APC, may have indicated its resolve to disregard the outcomes of the state congresses of the party held by two factions of its Lagos chapter.

The party in Lagos has been fraught with crisis with two factions of executive committee emerging from its congresses with one loyal to the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  producing Tunde Balogun, as its Chairman, and Sunday Ajose as the other chair.

The congress that produced Balogun was held at party state secretariat at Acme and delegates from 20 Local Government and 23 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) of the state, either by acclamation or voting took part in the exercise .

But that of Ajose, which took place at Airport Hotel had only delegates from the 20 Local Government Areas electing the executive members.

A sign of how the logjam would be resolved, emerged through an interview the National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, granted newsmen at the weekend.

According to Abdullahi: “Yes, we set up a panel to look at the issues in Lagos chapter. Of course, we overruled those who conducted their congress in 57 local government areas, because the constitution only recognises 20 local governments.

“We couldn’t have discountenanced those who conducted in 20 local government areas, because that is constitutional. The issue in Lagos is about legality and constitutionalism.

“That is why we asked the committee to look at this first, because it is a constitutional matter, then seek political solutions in a way to avoid winner-take-all situation. That is what we said about Lagos State.”

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