Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Apapa Community Rejects APC Chairmanship Candidate

Rebecca Ejifoma

Apapa Local Government community members of Wards A, B, C and D have expressed displeasure over the choice of Mr. Elijah Owolabi as the Chairmanship Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Apapa Local Government, saying Owolabi would be the 8th candidate in the last 10 years that Ward E led consecutively. 

his was disclosed at a press briefing held at Apapa Lagos at the weekend under heavy rainfall to call on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to their rescue before things would get out of hand. 

The Party Leader, Ward C, Mr. Bayo Adesanya (a honorable) lamented that Ward E is dominating Apapa, which he describes as injustice. “Where is such injustice done in this world? Owolabi is from Ward E. That ward has been producing the Chairman in the last 10 years.” 

“We reject him because he is not salable. We reject him because he is from Ward E, the same ward that has been dominating the Apapa in the last 10 years. We, as APC party members on ground in Apapa, know that he will injure our party political interest and victory in the next election,” he decried. 

Claiming that Owolabi and his predecessor had been boasting that the Osinbajo nominated them and nothing could alter it, Adesanya lauded: “Osinbajo is a good man and no one should discredit his name. He should rescue us from these people. The National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  should do something immediately. I know that when he comes, he will do something tangible.”

Members present at the briefing included: Jimoh Salami Mucheche Ward A; former Speaker and Apapa Local Legislative Council Ward B; Woman Leader of the Group, Hajia Bola Yakkub Ward D; former leader of Apapa Local Council Ward C, Mr. Alloy Odok Ayim; Mr. Muri Kaffo Ward D representing Maritime; Secretary of the group, Iduh Jeremiah; Community Leader, Apapa, Mr. Ganiu Bello; former Counsellor from Ward A, Mr. Joe Bassey and the Party Leader, Ward D, Apapa, Mr. Gibraltar Njowusi among several others. 

Meanwhile, representative of the Apapa youths, Oluwasegun Moses, spoke tenaciously against the continuous choice of Ward E as their representative. 

He added: “Wards A, B, C and D have not been happy for years now. Owolabi and his team members have been playing politics of exclusion since he was made the Chairmanship Candidate. Immediately they assumed power, the dividends of democracy doesn’t extend to this side. All other wards are now their enemies.” 

According to him, 85 per cent of the youths are displeased, angry and frustrated. "The situation in the party local government is shameful. It is painful that with all these loyalty and steadfastness, we are still given  a candidate we do not want.” 

It was in line with this that Mrs. Yakkub warned: "If the leaders don’t respond, that is the risk we do not want to take. If he remains the candidate, we are afraid. Even the electorate are already saddened. Let the leaders act fast and now." 

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