Ambode’s Commissioner Dumps APC For PDP Guber Candidate

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L-R: Oshiomhole, Tinubu and Osinbajo
 
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Lagos suffered a shock as a serving Commissioner in Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s cabinet Mr. Olawale Oluwo dumped the party and declared support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
Until the sudden development on Wednesday, Oluwo was the Lagos state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources.
Oluwo made the announcement in a resignation letter dated  December 3, 2018, addressed to the APC Chairman in the state.
 
Oluwo stated that his decision to resign  from the party was not un connected to the party’s conduct of the October 2018 primary elections in the state, which according to him was characterized by massive voters disenfranchisement,
intintimidation and violence.

The former commissioner said: “In a particular case of the gubernatorial primary, which was conducted using the “open ballot” option in violation of the guildlines of the APC that specified the “Open-secret ballot” option, it is clear to me that the core principles of merit, competence, justice and fairness have been sacrificed by the APC on the alter of political expediency.”

Wasiu also noted that the integrity-deficient nature of the primary has significantly diminished the hard-earned reputation of the State as a reference point for free and fair democratic practice.

“The indifference of the APC to the continued use of an arm of government by a powerful group within the party, to intimidate critical institutions of democracy in the state, undermines the doctrine of separation of powers, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and impairs governments’s ability to implement programmes that will benefit the majority of the people,” he added.

He also claimed that the party lacked integrity, stressing that this has diminished the reputation of the state as a reference point for free and fair democratic practice.

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