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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Proscription of intraparty caucuses in Lagos APC unites Tinubu & Ambode






The Lagos State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has proscribed the Justice Group, Mandate Group and all other groups within the party in the State.

This development seems to have united two former governors of the state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, as the duo were reported to be part of the signatories to the direction to proscribe various interest groups within the State chapter of party.

In the communique signed by 27 party chieftains who are members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the party said the activities of the groups were inimical to unity, and that any member of the party who continue to associate with the groups would be treated as violators of resolution of the party.

“it was unequivocally resolved that all factions like JG and MG are inimical to party 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 name of these groups or to continue to promote such associations will amount to a violation of this resolution.

“The only permitted use of the names will be limited to historic references. Any violation of this decision is subject to party discipline, including suspension and expulsion. This prohibition extends solely to official party business. We are in no way trying to abridge anyone’s constitutional rights to free speech or assembly. The party chairman is hereby tasked with promulgating more detailed regulations with regard to prohibited and permissible activities for sub-party groupings.

“The party remains supreme. It has developed structures from the ward level to local government and state levels. These are recognized by the party’s constitution. They are adequate platforms for members to congregate and to present their views.

“The APC in Lagos is one party and one family. We must always act in this spirit if we are to attain the dream of democratic prosperity that we set out to achieve. We must do this in honor of June 12 and those who gave of themselves to make democracy our reality.”

Signatories to the communique include APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; former Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode; and Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola.

Others are: Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi, Henry Oladele Ajomale, Bushura Alebiosu, Abiodun Ogunleye, Murphy Adetoro, James Odunmbaku, Tony Adefuye, S.A. Seriki, Olorunfunmi Bashorun, Rabiu Oluwa, M.A. Taiwo, Mutiu Lawal Are, Yomi Finnih, Muyiwa Sosanya, Tunde Samuel, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Rasak Lanre, Mudashiru Adisa Obasa (speaker), Babatunde Balogun, Wale Edun, Ranti Adebule and Kemi Nelson.

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