The 2011 Governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) in Lagos State, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni has petitioned Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s APC Reconciliatory Committee over the lingering internal crisis rocking the party in Lagos State.
Mumuni, who is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Lagos 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”, addressed to Tinubu, expressed displeasure over what he described as marginalization of former members of the defunct CPC in the APC.
The APC stalwart in the petition, a copy of which was made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, recalled 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.
According to him, former members of CPC in Lagos State and South Western States of Nigeria who were now APC members had been marginalised and abandoned after the successful elections in 2015.
Mumuni lamented that APC and its government in Lagos State were 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.
He said “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, 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.
Mumuni added that, “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.”
Mumuni while insisting that failure to address the injustice may cause a set back to the party, however, expressed optimistic that 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)”.
He said “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”.