Leadership of APC and CPC failed

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Sequel to the allegations of marginalisation in the All Progressives Congress (APC), leaders and members of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Lagos State have pulled out of the party to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking on the issue, the State Chairman of APC-CPC in Lagos State, Hon. Ashogbon Lattif, said it was unfortunate that the leadership of APC and CPC failed to yield to their cries of marginalisation and gross impunity perpetrated by the defunct ACN which is running the affairs of APC in the state.

The state chapter of CPC had been alleging usurpation of party structures and maginalisation of other parties in the merger by APC, which had carried on like the leading party in the merger.

Before pulling out of APC, the CPC group in the Lagos chapter of APC said after months of several meetings, consultations and deliberations, the long-awaited justice was not done to its members and from the look of things, they were afraid of what would be their political fate, hence the need to take their political future into their hands by withdrawing their membership from the APC and moving en-masse to the PDP where they believe their interests would be welcome and protected.

Hon. Lattif pointed out that the APC membership registration exercise which aimed at building a sense of belonging among all was done in total disregard to the APC national guidelines as regards the involvement of the merging parties with respect to the manner which the registration officers, in wards and LGAs and state supervisors for the exercise were to be shared among the three legacy parties.

He noted that out of the 171 supervisors engaged at the Local Government level, CPC had only 26 slots instead of 57 due to his party. At the ward supervisors? level, 376 slots were given to CPC out of 1,128. For Polling Unit Registration Officers, 346 was given to CPC against the entitlement of 5,093 out of a total lots of 16, 978.

He further stated that the congresses which ought to produce united party structure of the APC was characterised by uncommon greed of the defunct ACN leadership. At the state level, out of 35 executives, 34 seats were taken by CAN, while one was left to be shared between CPC and ANPP. In the 57 LGAs, out of 1368, ACN took 1349 and left 19.

He however said his party members had finally resolved in their mind without being apologetic to anyone that the APC-CPC faction across the 57 council areas of the state was moving en-masse to PDP where they believe that the tenets of democracy is appreciated and practiced, and that they remain resolute in their determination to rescue Lagos come 2015 general elections.

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