It is without a doubt that many people especially in the city of excellence are awaiting the outcome of the All Progressive Congress (APC) primaries scheduled to hold tomorrow Thursday the 4thof December 2014, that will produce the party’s flagbearer for the February 2015 general election.
The concerned are aware that Lagos is a beautiful bride that has many suitors who are ready to do anything to take her home. But with the way things are at the moment, the primaries to push out who will contest with the opposition for race for the Alausa Ikeja seat of Lagos government may not take place after all.
Just hours to the judgment day, there is palpable fear and tension within both the aspirants and the leadership of the party over what could happen tomorrow. Though, the aspirants have written to the national leadership of the party, insisting on the adoption of direct primary to pick a candidate for the 2015 election, but we gathered authouritatively the the national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has stuck his ground that his project “Ambode” must be the law..
The aspirants, who signed the letter that pointed out that the indirect primary was at variance with the electoral act include Dr Leke Pitan, Dr Femi Hamzat, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Dr Tola Kasali, Mr Tokunbo Wahab and Mr Olasupo Shasore among others.
According to them, the party’s constitution states that the local governments shall be defined as listed in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution which, for Lagos State, is listed as 20 local governments.
They expressed concern that the conceived indirect primaries (as presently constituted) could lead to agitation, tension and litigation and may even ultimately deprive the party from presenting a valid candidate for the general election in February 2015.
To avert imminent crisis in the party, they recommended that the party leadership immediately review the indirect primaries scheduled to commence December 2 and particularly on December 4, 2014 – with a view to its suspension.
Cityrovers exclusively gathered that already some of the aspirants have contracted senior advocates to push home their demand in case Asiwaju insist on playing against the set rule