- The APC in Lagos state has taken a major decision to close ranks and promote unity
- All sub-groups within the ruling party in the megacity has been dissolved
- The decision was reached after a meeting of the party's Governor’s Advisory Council
Internal groups within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state have been dissolved.
Party elders under the aegis of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) announced the decision in a communiqué after its meeting on Tuesday, June 9.
The GAC is made up of senior leaders of the party including all former governors and deputy governors.
Some of the groups within the APC are Justice Forum, The Mandate Group and the Ideal.
The GAC said: “All factions are inimical to unity and are hereby permanently disbanded and prohibited within the party.
“Party members should no longer make use of these factions or their names with regard to future party business and activities. To continue to hold meetings in the names of these groups or to continue to promote such associations will amount to a violation of this resolution.
“Any violation of this decision is subject to party discipline, including suspension and expulsion.”
According to the elders, preoccupation with factional in-fighting will give little room for collective party work and progressive governance.
The resolution on the ban was passed to the Lagos state APC executive committee, led by Alhaji Tunde Balogun, for implementation.
The GAC also mandated Balogun to promulgate detailed regulations with regard to prohibited and permissible activities for sub-groupings.
Prominent GAC members include National Leader of the APC; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat, Ex-Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola and former Lagos APC state chairman; Otunba Henry Ajomale.
As the APC in Lagos close ranks, the same cannot be said of their counterparts in Edo state.
A recent media report suggests there is a major division in the Edo state APC as the party gears up for the forthcoming governorship election.
According to the report, some APC chieftains in the camp of a governorship aspirant, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu have switched support away from him.
Another aspirant, Honourable Osaro Obazee, is said to have benefitted from the move as the chieftains have reportedly switched to his camp.
Ize-Iyamu is the anointed candidate of the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole ahead of the governorship poll.
Street gist: Politics of ‘agbero’ should stop in Nigeria | Legit TV