The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, has berated the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for accusing Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of planning to set up caretaker committees in the 20 Local governments and the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) instead of conducting local government elections this year.
The party, in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Seye Oladejo, explained that the PDP made a needless allegation as local government elections are not due, stating that APC awaits an official pronouncement.
Oladejo, in the statement, said: “Let me congratulate the Lagos State PDP for characteristically finding its voice again as a result of the impending local government elections in the state.
“For the umpteenth time, let me state categorically that the comatose Lagos State PDP only comes alive during the election season only to withdraw to its cocoon after the traditional perennial defeat.
“Their monumental defeat during the recently held Lagos East Senatorial and KOSOFE 2 Lagos State House of Assembly by-elections has further exposed the ineptitude of the PDP opposition that’s bereft of winning capability as a result of their constant rejection at the polls.
“The needless ranting about the local government elections that are not even due and for which we await an official pronouncement shows the idleness and needless rabble rousing of its confused leadership.”
The party further stressed:”The baseless allegation or suspicion to entrench undemocratic governance at the local government level in the state is not in tandem with the fact that Lagos State has always had democratically elected leaders at the grassroots since the inception of this dispensation.
“It’s also noteworthy that activities and preparations towards the local government elections as admitted by the opposition spokesman are only prevalent in the ruling party in the state. We can only sympathize with the fact that the opposition PDP will struggle to field candidates for the elections.
“As a party that believes in the rule of law , upholds the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the tenets of democracy, we wish to assure Lagosians that local government elections will hold in our state at the appropriate time. There’s absolutely no need to cry wolves where there’s none.”
Earlier, the PDP had called out Sanwoolu to resist the plan to entrench undemocratic rule in the Local government areas of the state.
The party opined that the move to entrench undemocratic councils would not only fester anarchy at local government level but would be the albatross of the governor if he make any attempt to seek re-election in 2023.
PDP, in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, asserted that all means legal shall be deployed to ensure that lagosians have their self chosen representatives at the councils and that if the APC machination prevents democratically elected representatives in the state as at when due, Lagosians must say no.
“The voice of the major opposition party in the state is coming on the heels of statements credited to some chieftains of the APC in the state that Local Government elections will not hold and that Caretaker committees shall be set up at the levels.
“The Section 7 of the 1999 Nigeria constitution as amended “guarantees democratically elected local government councils.
“We are informed that the APC Plans not to conduct local elections this year. The tenure of the councils expire in about three months. Interestingly this information got to us from the APC Aspirants themselves. They are interested in contesting and like all other parties wish, election must be conducted.
“The APC is jittery of any local government elections as majority of the Councils have performed very disappointingly and cannot win any fair polls to retain control. We call on the state Governor and LAHA to resist any attempt not to conduct local government elections in order to prevent state of lawlessness at that government level,” said Lagos PDP.