A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Chief Ayo Akande, has asked the party chairman in the state, Chief Henry Ajomale, to resign with immediate effect “for his dismal performance in the just concluded elections in the state.”
Akande, in a statement on Monday, said Ajomale had no moral right to remain as party chairman given that the APC lost to the opposition in all the contested seats in the March 28 and April 11 elections in his unit, ward and the entire Oshodi Isolo Local Government Area.
But Ajomale, in his reaction, on Monday, said Akande should be ignored “because I have performed.”
“If a leader or party chairman should lose his polling unit in all elections for state assembly, Federal Constituency and the governorship, such party chairman should resign,” Akande insisted.
He said that Ajomale’s report card in the just-concluded elections in the state had shown clearly that he had lost his credibility as a leader and as such he should resign as the chairman of the party
“Our party cannot continue to be old-fashioned, things are changing and the party had to follow suit. The APC leadership should not develop clay feet or whip up sentiment to deal with failures or reward performance in the party as the expectations of the people from the party are high.” the APC chieftain added.
He commended the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, for his doggedness and sacrifice for the victory recorded by the party at the presidential level.
He said the victory of President-elect Muhamadu Buhari and others at state and federal levels was a testimony to the political doggedness of Tinubu, adding that he was certain that Buhari would deliver as well as bring succour to Lagos.
But Ajomale described Akande as an unserious person who should be ignored by all well-meaning Nigerians.
The APC chairman, who spoke through his Special Adviser, Mr. Adekunle Olayinka, said he did well by ensuring the overall victory of his party at both the presidential and governorship elections in the state.
Olayinka said, “Chief Ajomale is not a ward chairman but the chairman of the entire Lagos State chapter of the APC. Out of 20 local governments, he ensured the victory of the party in 15 local governments during the March 28 and April 11 elections.
“In Oshodi/Isolo, the Igbo population is over 55 per cent and the candidates presented by the PDP were Igbo, so, of course, they voted for their kinsmen. But Chief Ajomale led the APC to victory and that is the most important thing.”