APC Congress: Tinubu Loses Grip On Lagos As Two Excos Emerge
A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to be challenging the dominance of Bola Tinubu in dictating the political direction of the state.
The faction led by Foud Oki, defied the party juggernauts, including Governor Akinwunmi Ambode by holding a separate state congress at Ikeja Airport Hotel, different from the one held at the party’s secretariat on Acme Road.
Oki returned himself as the Chairman of the APC in the state, while the main congress at the State Secretariat produced Tunde Balogun, a former commissioner.
It was not clear whether Oki’s congress was supervised by officials sent by the National secretariat of the APC .
The congress conducted at the party secretariat on Acme Road, was witnessed by the State Congress Committee headed by Senator Uche Ekwunife.
At the congress, Sunny Ajose became the Deputy Chairman, Funsho Ologunde (vice-chairman, West), Kayode Olusanya (vice-chairman, East), Hakeem Bamigbala (vice-chaiman, Central), Dr. Wale Ahmed (secretary), Ms Olasunmbo (treasurer), Barrister Joana Adebobuyi (assistant treasurer), Joe Igbokwe (publicity secretary), Abiodun Salami (assistant publicity secretary), Ademola Sadiq (legal adviser).
They were all elected by affirmation, as all of them were consensus candidates.
Among party chieftains that graced the congress are Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Gbenga Ashafa, Solomon Adeola, Ganiyu Solomon, Musiliu Obanikoro; former Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji; APC South West Women Leader, Kemi Nelson; Lanre Razak; Senior Special Assistant to the President Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
However, at the parallel congress held at Lagos Hotel, Ikeja, Oki, a former Campaign Director for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Raji Fashola and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, emerged as the chairman.
Sanni Oloye and Wole Oshodi became deputy chairman and secretary respectively.
Oki was also a past vice-chairman (Central) of APC in the state.
Oki said that the congress held by his group was authentic, declaring that the exercise that took place at the Airport Hotel could not be described as parallel in whatever way.
According to him, the congress held at Airport Hotel was the only legitimate one, saying he was not aware of any parallel congress.
‘What we did here was the election of one party, the APC. This is a coalition of different groups, namely; Justice Forum, the Mandate and United Group,” he said.