APC candidates drag party to court over attempt to steal mandate

APC candidates drag party to court over attempt to steal mandate

- Two aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress, Olanrewaju Suleiman Afinni and Olumoh Saad Lukman, have dragged the party to court

- The APC members alleged that there was a plan by APC Lagos state chapter to change their names through forgery of signature

- They also alleged that some highly placed members of the party are planing to steal their mandate for their anointed candidates

The attempt to douse the tension arising from the All Progressives Congress (APC) internal discord may be met with another brewing crisis as two candidates of the Lagos state House of Assembly approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge an alleged plan to withdraw their names from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a report available in Vanguard, the two aggrieved APC members, in a suit filed before the court, said alleged plans are on-going by some big members of the party in the state to substitute their names through forgery of signature.

Legit.ng gathers that the candidates, Olanrewaju Suleiman Afinni (Lagos Island Constituency 11) and Olumoh Saad Lukman (Ajeromi/Ifelodun Constituency 01), denied withdrawing their interest from the race.

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They prayed, in a separate summons with number tags FHC/ABJ/CS/ 1479/18 and FHC/ABJ/CS/ 1480/18, that the respondents should be stopped from withdrawing their names from INEC.

In a letter by their legal counsel, Maydan Legal Consult, to the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, dated Friday, November 30, both Afini snd Lukman called on the party to wade into the matter which is also a subject of litigation at Abuja court.

The letter read: “I know for a surety that I did not write the letter at all, neither did I sign same. I also know that I did not deliver the letter to any of the offices of our great party, neither did I instruct any person to deliver the letter to any of the offices of our great party on my behalf.

"There are clandestine plans by some highly placed persons to steal their mandate by substituting their names with those of other people.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the commissioner for energy and mineral resources in Lagos state, Olawale Oluwo, on Wednesday, December 5, announced his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a resignation letter dated Wednesday, December 3, and addressed to the APC chairman in Lagos state, Oluwo claimed that the party's primary election held in October was characterised by voters disenfranchisement, undue influence, violence, and intimidation to members among other activities that violated the electoral law.

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