A Lagos political group, Salvage Group, has cautioned the leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state on the quality of candidates the party would field in next year’s general elections.
In a press release signed by its National Co-coordinator, Peter Ajayi, the group expressed concern over the APC leaders unverified consensus candidate plan for the gubernatorial election in the state.
The statement reads in part: “Our group has noticed that so many people have obtained Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms of the party contesting for very few elective positions. In this case, to maintain oneness and unity of purpose, the process of picking flag bearers must be transparent, open and acceptable to all aspirants contesting for any particular elective positions.
“We are using this medium to warn our party leaders not to support aspirants with blemished records as flag bearers at all levels. Leaders of our party must make sure present and past records of aspirants are thoroughly cross checked. We want aspirants with clean and track records.
“Any attempt to present wrong persons or aspirants who have been involved in fraud or questionable activities and those who have not met with the laid down principles, agreements, rules and regulations of the party, such persons will end up being bad products not marketable to the electorate.
“Inasmuch as members of our professional group are loyal and committed members of the party who believe so much in the capacity and sense of judgement of the leaders, but we notice the party is in a critical period, and any little mistake can jeopardize our collective efforts and interests. Leaders are few, but members and supporters are numerous. Since our group has volunteered to serve as a bridge between leaders and members. It has now beckoned and bestowed on us a role to advise the leadership of the party whenever the need arises.
“The issue of Lagos is a very sensitive and delicate one. Though, the incumbent Governor of the state, Babatunde Raji Fashola was not very popular and almost unknown to most residents of Lagos, but the electorate have always commended the process that brought him as party flag bearer and later became governor. As at the time he was presented as candidate of the party, the opposition and enemies of the party went into his past records, looking for various ways of indicting and discrediting him, but failed.
“The Salvage Group is aware some political leaders are fielding and supporting their sons and daughters for elective positions not considering the level of their acceptance in their constituencies. We are not undermining the right of their children to contest, vote and be voted, but what happens to other more qualified aspirants who do not have political leaders as parents? This calls for serious caution, application of wisdom and common sense. What is good for goose is equally good for ganders. Without followers and members of the party, nobody is worthy of being referred to as a leader.”