Lagos APC: Group accuses Tinubu of imposition, dictatorship

Bola Tinubu

The group asked a court to bar Lagos APC from party’s national convention

Despite repeated promises by the leaders of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, that it would not impose candidates into elective positions in the party, allegations of impositions still dogs the party.

A group of party members, known as the New Lagos Movement, has accused a leader of the party and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, of “unilaterally” altering the results of the recent local government and state congresses by declaring candidates who had lost as winners and also zoning elective positions in states to his preferred area of the state.

The group has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos for an injunction stopping Mr. Tinubu, other leaders of the party as well as the Lagos chapter of the APC from presenting or recognising any delegate from the state at the party’s national congress slated for the June 13 and 14 or at any time until determination of the suit.

A member of the group, Taiwo Sanyaolu, in a sworn affidavit, alleged that on the April 16, at the party secretariat in Ogba, Mr. Tinubu “unilaterally announced that he had zoned” the APC’s “governorship ticket in Lagos State to Lagos East comprising Ikorodu and Epe areas of Lagos State without any prior consultation with or room for debate by members of the party.”

He also alleged that Mr. Tinubu “declared that he had zoned party offices by allocating 30 per cent to youths, 30 per cent to women and 40 per cent to the elders and further that he had zoned party offices to various parts of the State via a process not permitting popular democracy.”

In what Mr. Sanyaolu described as a “mockery of democracy” he alleged that following the declaration of Mr. Tinubu, many candidates who had wanted to seek elective position within the party could not do so as they could not obtain nomination forms. According to him this led to a situation where many of the candidates in the state’s congress were elected unopposed.

He also alleged that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were at the local government congresses and knew who the winners were but chose to accept the manipulation of Mr. Tinubu during the state congress.

Mr. Sanyaolu said that in complete disregard of the party’s constitution, Mr. Tinubu, “in his dictatorial and monarchical attitude” ordered the dissolution of the appeal committee constituted by the national leadership to hear grievances related to the state congress stating “that he alone would resolve all complaints, petitions and disputes arising from all the congresses.”

Apart from Mr. Tinubu, other defendants in the suit are the Chairman of the Lagos APC Registration Committee, Garba Abari; the National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande, as well as the APC and INEC.

Other members of the New Lagos Movement are Akinniyi Akinsiju, Michael Popoola Ajayi, Olugbenga Fakoya, and Toyin Raheem.


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  • Zombievillage

    Hail Afghanistan Pakistani Confraternity. Whatever the emperor says must stand. This group are just wasting their precious time and money. The lion has spoken the zombies must abide.

  • emmanuel

    These guys are talking rubbish. Na today dem join the party?

    Who are they looking for sympathy from? No be court dem go? That case would be thrown out of court on Technical grounds and they will be expelled from the party pronto!

    Mweeeew!

    • change 2014-2015

      It a pity that some people will just come on here and start saying all sort of rubbish how did they know that Tinubu have imposition a candidate on them they also said the same thing about Fashola when he endorse during 2007.

  • Mani_Kay

    Don’t they know that Tinubu is “Kabiyesi” and “Kabiyesi” owns the party and must be respected ….. period.

    He who decides to ride on a Tigers back will sooner than later end up in the Tigers bowel ….. the words of our Elders are words of wisdom ……… too little, too late for these guys who had continued to sing Tinubu’s praises without shining their eyes early enough.

  • Spoken word

    Nobody can impose forever.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    No wonder decent people stayed away from APC.