The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State yesterday described the activities of a faceless organisation, ‘Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Group,’ as a distraction.
It reminded those behind the body led by Olawale Oluwo that caucuses had been banned by the state party leadership.
“The promoters of the group, if they are truly members of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress, ought to know that the activities of clandestine groups have been banned because of their divisive tendencies,” the party said.
Lagos APC, in a statement by its Acting Publicity Secretary, Yesiro Karamo, wondered why it had taken three years after the ouster of the Ambode administration for such a group to spring up and claim relevance.
He said they could be pardoned because it was in the spirit of the season.
Karamo stressed that the chapter had earlier made it clear that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s endorsement by the Governance Advisory Council (GAC) for another term did not foreclose the ambition of any other member.
He said: “As a democratic party, we remain committed to providing a level playing field for all aspirants for various offices and ensuring internal democracy.
“It is distasteful and unacceptable for a group purportedly committed to our party to take on the role of the opposition.
“While we want to welcome back our members who hitherto left our party, we need to caution them not to unnecessarily heat up the polity with unguided utterances.
“In their absence, the party successfully conducted congresses at the ward, local, state and national levels to fill party offices.
“The process of reconciliation in Lagos State is also making steady progress.
Therefore, our returning members will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner acceptable under our party’s constitution, rules and guidelines.
“As a party, we remain proud of the landmark achievements of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
He has not only kept faith with kernel of his social contract with Lagosians, the THEMES agenda, he has also returned the state to the path of steady progress.
“He has been a symbol of responsible, stable, responsive, humane and humble leadership. He has indeed delivered on the policies and the politics.”