Lagos APC Guber Aspirants Demand Direct Primary (Full Text Of Letter)

Lagos State Governorship Aspirants December 01, 2014

To: Chief John Odigie Oyegun
National Chairman
All Progressives Congress (APC)
40 Blantyre Street
Off Adetokunbo Ademola Street
Wuse II, Abuja

To: National Legal Adviser
All Progressives Congress (APC)

To: National Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)

To: National Organising Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)

To: National Leader
All Progressives Congress (APC)

To: Chairman, Lagos State,
All Progressives Congress (APC)

Dear Sir:
Communiqué of Meeting of Lagos Governorship Aspirants 2014

Following the screening completion exercise of 1st December 2014 the aspirants for Governor of Lagos State in the forthcoming 2015 elections agreed to convene a meeting to discuss matters of mutual concern.
We now write to bring to your attention matters considered and agreed to at this meeting.

At the meeting we:

Affirmed the supremacy of our great party – the All Progressives Congress party and its constitution;

Brought attention to bear on the need for our party to be gravely concerned and for the party to reserve further action with respect to the recently released guidelines for the upcoming Lagos Party primaries and the legality of the indirect primaries as it relates to the INEC regulations 2014; Electoral Act 2010 and the constitution our party;

Evaluated the Ward Congress elections held earlier in the year were conducted based on 20 local government areas (LGAs) and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) making a total of 57.

Noted our current party constitution states that the “Local Governments (LGs) shall be defined as listed in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution” which for Lagos State is listed as 20 LGAs

Considered the concern that the conceived indirect primaries (as presently constituted) could lead to agitation, tension and litigation and may even ultimately deprive the party from presenting a valid candidate for the general election in February 2015.

Reflected on the recently served court papers filed by two party members in Lagos against the party INEC and all the governorship aspirants today (1st day of December, 2014.)

Following these considerations we recommend :

Party leadership should immediately review the scheduled indirect primaries scheduled to commence 2 December and particularly the 4 December 2014 – with a view to its suspension

Our party should seek special consideration to conduct direct primaries rather than the indirect delegate-based primaries And / or

Commence consensus building exercise amongst all aspirants in order to effect a smooth affirmation of candidates

We believe that both direct primaries and consensus building can be concluded within the INEC timetable

We also respectfully seek a meeting with the party leadership no later than 6pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014 to discuss the above recommendations.

11 APC guber aspirants signed the letter on Monday, 1st December, 2014. They include: Dr Leke Pitan, Dr Femi Hamzat, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Dr Tola Kasali, Mr Tokunbo Wahab and Mr Olasupo Shasore among others.

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