A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has said that the recent face-off between Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the state’s House of Assembly is proof that all is not well within the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Only 22 of the 39 cabinet nominees presented by the governor to the House of Assembly for screening were confirmed. 17 other nominees were rejected by the lawmakers.
The 17 rejected commissioner-nominees included some technocrats who were part of the governor’s administration in the first term and who were adjudged to have performed excellently.
Speaking in an interview with Tribune, George said the incident has vindicated the claim of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the ruling party in Lagos, APC is only after their selfish interests and not to serve the people.
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“As the opposition party, we are still waiting for the court to decide but morning shows the day, people say. It shows you that there is a big crack in their midst because how can the same leadership of a party, the same party, members of the same party in the Assembly not agree, and they had to disgrace themselves publicly?”
“It shows you that what we said about this party, APC, is that they are just there not minding the business for which they were elected but for their own self-aggrandizement”.
“The governor is the head of the party in Lagos, where are the elders of the party in Lagos? These people (House members) emerged through a process. They are not there on their own, it’s not a private enterprise. Can you imagine an organization where the board takes a decision on something and one managing director would decide to head in another direction? He would be fired. Something is not adding up”.
“That’s why I said the center is not holding. They all emerged from this particular political party called APC and we are telling the people, can you watch them now, can you see? If they cannot hold themselves together, how can we trust them to hold the generality of the people in Lagos State for peace? How?”.