Sunday, June 11, 2017 5:03 pm
Some Lagos lawmakers on Sunday urged All Progressives Congress (APC) members aggrieved following the outcome of the party’s chairmanship and councillorship primaries for forthcoming council elections in the state to embrace peace.
The lawmakers spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos following some protests against the party’s flagbearers.
Mr Abiodun Tobun (APC-Epe I) of the Lagos State House of Assembly, appealed to aggrieved members not to destroy the party, but to be peaceful and work for its progress.
“Those who win tickets should see themselves as being lucky, not as victorious over others, thereby treating them as losers.
“We should desist from every action capable of destroying our party. Those who win should celebrate minimally. Those that did not get it, should not see themselves losers.
“APC members should learn to accept the verdict of the party and the wish of the people. I want to appeal to all to maintain peace, calm and orderliness. Everyone should hold himself up.
“We don’t want breakdown of law and order. Whoever lost his life cannot regain it. If you lose today, you can win tomorrow.”
According to him, many of those holding political offices today, including himself, contested several times before winning.
Tobun, one of the members of the APC’s primary screening committee said those accusing the party of not practising internal democracy were wrong.
“APC is the only party that has internal democracy. Internal democracy works perfectly in our party.
“The constitution of our party clearly allows direct or indirect primaries, and where there is consensus, there is no need for primary. That is when the leadership agree on a person.
“The APC’s approach is the best. Apart from those who infiltrate the party to spoil the party for us, you can never see APC primary turning violent; we agree and disagree and then harmonise.
“There should be no maiming and killings; I am just appealing to all to be calm. If our mission is to serve the people, we should not allow selfish interest to result into violence,”he said.
Also speaking, Mr Tunde Braimoh, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy, urged aggrieved members to shun desperation to subvert the will of the party.
Braimoh, who represents APC-Kosofe II in the Assembly, said :”The will of the party is above that of any individual. It is good people learn to play politics not centred on desperation.
“The party in its wisdom decided to adopt the method of voice vote at the primaries, and this is acceptable.
“But some people insisted that this must not be so, and as such resorted to throwing tantrums. What they’ve forgotten is that it is not only when we start counting ballots that elections have been conducted.
“Voice votes are acceptable as well, and that was what the party opted for.
” This condemnable attitude is nothing but a fallout of certain people being of the view that it is their turn to emerge as the party flag bearers, and as such, wanting to impose their personal goals above the party’s.”
He cautioned against resentment and lawlessness, urging all unsatisfied persons to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign.
“If it is not their turn today, it can be tomorrow; so long as they remain dedicated and committed to the party’s growth and strength,” he said.
NAN reports that the Local Government Chairmanship and councillorship primaries of APC held on May 27 and May 29 respectively were marred by violence and physical assault in some wards and councils.
After the primaries, various groups have been staging protests to the party secretariat in Lagos as well as the Lagos Assembly over the outcome.
The party has, however, said it had submitted the list of its candidates to the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).
The electoral body has fixed July 22 for the council polls in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.