LG poll: Youths decry imposition of candidates


Eric Dumo

A group, the Alimosho Youth Development Association of Nigeria, has raised the alarm over what it describes as plans by some elements within the All Progressives Congress leadership in the area to rig the oncoming primaries into chairmen and councillors’ position by imposing candidates on members of the party.

In a statement earlier in the week, AYDAN said the move was aimed at disenfranchising some eligible candidates in favour of other “anointed ones.”

According to the group, the move being orchestrated by G18, a “self-acclaimed political heavyweight” of the APC in Alimosho, was undemocratic and a violation of Nigeria’s electoral laws.

The statement, jointly signed by AYDAN’s General Secretary, Thanni Kamil, and its Director of Media, Bankole Adeshina, said, “According to guidelines by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission and APC, after obtaining and submitting their intension forms, validating their aspirations, candidates were told to go and prepare for the primary on May 13 and 20, 2017 for the councillorship and chairmanship positions respectively.

“But the G18 disruptively came up with a sudden announcement that all the candidates, especially those within Alimosho LGA, should go and conduct their primaries last Tuesday, a move which is in clear violation of the guidelines.

“Our findings, however, revealed that this is a deliberate attempt to perfect their hatchet plan, which is to favour some candidates over the others.”

Speaking further, the group accused a chieftain of the party in the area and leader of the G18, Abdulahi Enilolobo, as being behind the crisis.

The statement said, “Alhaji Enilolobo has approved the duo of Kunle Sanyaolu and Jelili Sulaimon as chairmen for Egbe-Idimu and Alimosho LCDAs.

“While Sanyaolu, a two-time Vice Chairman of Egbe-Idimu LCDA and the immediate past Executive Secretary of the LCDA has been favoured, another candidate, Mutiu Adebiyi, was forced to be his vice. Ironically, both candidates are from Egbe, thus violating the electoral structure of the party in the area. It is the same across the other LCDAs within the local government.

“This is a clear case of electoral fraud against the six million people of Alimosho. We are therefore calling on Nigerians to resist this act of imposition against the will of the people.”

But reacting to the allegation by AYDAN, Enilolobo said, “It is not possible for me to single-handedly impose candidates on party members in Alimosho because I am not the owner of the APC.

“The primary is slated to hold in May, so talk of it being done last Tuesday is totally incorrect. I believe in democracy and the rule of law, all those making these accusations are not being fair on me. I have worked very hard to build a name, it is unfair for anybody or group to now want to tarnish that with lies.”

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