The Apex body of All Progressive Congress Led by its chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Friday has given some explanation behind its decision to disqualifies the minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu and his women Affairs counterpart, Aisha Al-Hassan
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the party chairman said there is the to protect the party’s core values and as justification, it decided to let Nigerians know why it arrived at the decision
Oshiomhole said the party’s governorship screening committee was not convinced with explanations offered by Shittu that his service as a lawmaker in the Oyo State Assembly and Minister was equivalent to the National Youth Service Corps scheme.
According to him, Nigeria’s laws were clear on the issue of the NYSC. As for the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan, he said she was disqualified because the party was not convinced about her loyalty.
Oshiomhole said “As for the Honorable Minister of Women Affairs, she has issues that have to do with party loyalty. Our constitution is clear and it dictates that to contest elections or even hold office in the APC, you must be loyal to the party in every material concern.
“From all she had said in the past and even her comments and general attitude during the screening, the NWC reviewed everything taken together and we arrived at the conclusion that she does not possess the level of loyalty that the APC requires for her to contest elections on our platform.
“We made it clear when the defections happened that the APC may well benefit from these defections if it helps us to be more critical in terms of whom we give a platform to contest elections and that there are core values that bind the APC together and they are non-negotiable.
“The Electoral Act and the APC constitution forbid anyone from being a member of more than one political party at a time. You cannot be a member of APC and be a card-carrying member of another party but when you have a situation where it would appear, based on what you know and based on what I know that someone is probably APC in the daytime maybe for the purpose of retaining certain offices and they are PDP at heart.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos state chapter of the party had debunked the rumour making the rounds that it has suspended some party members.
Debunking the report, the APC Publicly Secretary in the state, Joe Igbokwe in a statement said the news flying about that APC, Lagos State Chapter, has suspended Lagos State House of Assembly former Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and 20 others including Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s on Community and Communication Affairs, Hakeem Sulaiman-Oris, Attorney General, Niji Kaseem, Muslim Folami, James Faleke, Babatunde Quadri,, Segun Olulade, Tunde Buraimoh, Sakiru Anifowose Dengen, Yemi Alli, Hakeem Bamgbola, , Alhaji Bashkirs Adekoya, Otumba Tayo Oyemade, Hon Abiodun Mafe, Rev Iyo Oyasodun, Sanyo Osijo, Hakeem Masha, Cornelius Ojelabi, Femi Apata, among others is not true.
The statement read thus: “It is a lie from the pit of hell, an ugly story planted by ugly persons to cause disaffection in the land of limitless opportunities and the pride of the nation. “This is an election period and politicians are trying to upstage one another by resorting to playing to the gallery by manufacturing lies, innuendoes and outright subterfuge to gain an advantage.
This is not the culture of Lagos APC and it can never be. “Let it be known and it is hereby made known that APC Lagos cannot accept this brigandage, political irresponsibility and rascality. Those who are parading this fake news are enemies of our great party; they do not mean well and therefore cannot succeed. “We are therefore asking our teeming supporters to ignore the antics of the enemies of progress. Lagos APC has not suspended anybody and has no plans to do so.