By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the 2011 Governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) in Lagos State, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni has petitioned the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s APC Reconciliatory Committee on the lingering internal crisis rocking APC in Lagos State.
Ambassador Mumuni in a two-page petition titled “Re: Appeal for Justice, Fairness and Equitable Participation in the Administration of All Progressives Congress(APC) and in the Government of Lagos State by Members of the Party” frowned at the marginalization of former members of the defunct CPC in the APC.
In the petition addressed to Asiwaju Tinubu, made available to journalists on Wednesday Ambassador Mumuni stated that before the formation of the APC by the defunct ACN, CPC, ANPP and some members of PDP, he was a strong member of CPC in Lagos State and a candidate for the post of Governor of Lagos State in the 2011 election and that it has been observed since 2015 with a lot of dissatisfaction, disaffection and unhappiness that former members of CPC in Lagos State and South Western States of Nigeria who are now APC members have been marginalised and abandoned after the successful elections in 2015 by the administration of the party and by the government of Lagos State.
Ambassador Mumuni in the petition stated that “APC and its government in Lagos State are being run by former ACN members in the party, to the total exclusion of other members of the party who were from CPC and other parties that merged to form APC.
“For instance, there is no member of the defunct CPC in the State or Local Government Executive of the APC. There is also no member of the old CPC in the APC in the Senate, House of Representatives or House of Assembly of the State, or who has been appointed as a commissioner in the cabinet of the Lagos State Government.”he said
The APC Chieftain added that, ” in the recently concluded elections into the 20 Local Government Councils and 34 Local Council Development Authorities, no member of the former CPC in APC was considered for the Chairmanship of any of the Local Governrnents/LCDAs.”
“My colleagues in CPC, as well as others in the other parties and I have been deliberating on what to do about the marginalisation of our members in APC, but was relieved when the President of Nigeria and leader of the party, Muhammadu Buhari called the National Executives of the party to order on the proposed tenure elongation of executives of the party at all levels and recommended that the party should hold its congresses at all levels to appoint new executives.”
Emphasizing that failure to address the injustice may cause a set back to the party, Ambassador Mimuni stressed that Asiwaju Tinubu, as an uncle and the leader of the ruling party, “will maintain justice, fairness and equitable participation in the administration of All Progressive Congress (APC)”, saying, ” as a leader of this great party, it is my respectful view that this is an opportunity to right the wrongs that have been done to members of the defunct CPC now in APC in the administration of the party. To do otherwise is an invitation to internal crisis in the party, which we in Lagos State cannot afford”.