National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, may have lost out in the struggle to have absolute control of the party structures in Lagos State as the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has overruled the faction loyal to Tinubu, which conducted its ward and local government congresses in 57 local government councils and local council development areas in the State.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, confirmed that in the party’s resolution meeting, the State Congress of the party in Lagos State was adjudged to be in the wrong.
The state structure was, however, not handed to the Fouad Oki faction, judged to have conducted the exercise in line with the national and party laws, guiding such an exercise.
Abdullahi confirmed that a five-man panel was set up to dissect the constitutionality and legality of the two exercises conducted in Lagos State and find a political solution to the crisis in the state.
Tinubu had been quoted as dismissing any report of factions in the state chapter.
“Yes, we set up a panel to look at the issues in Lagos chapter. Of course, we overruled those who conducted their congress in 57 local government areas, because the constitution only recognises 20 local governments.
“We couldn’t have discountenanced those who conducted in 20 local government areas, because that is constitutional. The issue in Lagos is about legality and constitutionalism.
That is why we asked the committee to look at this first, because it is a constitutional matter, then seek political solutions in a way to avoid winner-take-all situation. That is what we said about Lagos State,” Abdullahi explained.
The panel is headed by the deputy national chairman, North, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, with members including the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, Vice National Chairman, North-West Inuwa Abdulkadir, among others.
The panel is expected to begin sitting in Lagos today.