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In House Crisis For APC As Choice For Fashola Successor Causes Riff

In House Crisis For APC As Choice For Fashola Successor Causes Riff

All Progressive Congress Party, Lagos are going through some major riffs as they are yet to decide who would replace interim Governor, Babatunde Fashola, come the 2015 Gubernatorial Election.

The Mandate Group, which is said to control more than 50 percent membership of the party in Lagos, are rooting for one of their leaders, Muiz Banire, to succeed the incumbent governor, Babatunde Fashola, whose eight-year tenure expires in May 2015.

Another group that can boast of same is the Justice Forum.

A reliable source in the Mandate Group revealed that members of the group are not happy with the present arrangement in the party amidst speculations that the party may not be too disposed to allow an open playing field.

They have therefore, according to him, vowed to vehemently resist any attempt by the leadership of the party to foist any unpopular candidate on them.

The other names being mentioned include that of Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure; Akin Ambode, the former state Accountant-General; Speaker of the state Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji; Senators Ganiyu Solomon and Olugbenga Ashafa; and Babatunde Fowler, Chairman of the state Internal Revenue Board.

It was gathered that though many of these names are being pushed around as likely candidates to succeed Fashola, most of the Mandate members are disposed to Banire.

Aside his immense contributions to the party from the days of Alliance for Democracy (AD) to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now the APC where he occupies the position of Interim National Legal Adviser, he is also said to be ahead by virtue of his position as one of the arrow heads of the Mandate Group, a formidable political group created by Asiwaju Tinubu and the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

According to another credible source in the party, rather than show appreciation for the group on whose wings he rode to power, Fashola treated the members of the Mandate Group with disdain and rather chose to fraternise with other groups who knew nothing about the process that led to his emergence as governor.

He explained that members of the Mandate Group are not happy with the current arrangement. They are particularly not happy with Governor Fashola because he did not treat them well from the very first day he became governor. He noted that as the search for the next governor of Lagos heats up, the Mandate Group would want somebody who understands them well to be the governor. They want a thoroughbred politician and not a technocrat to succeed the incumbent governor. This is because it is only a politician that understands how the game is played very well.

While bemoaning the culture of imposition that became the hallmark of the defunct ACN, the group sounded a note of warning to the leadership of the party in the state, saying they will not accept any form of imposition, especially as regards the governorship race.

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