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Oki urges Hamzat to withdraw from council elections screening committee 

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[FILES] Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor, Lagos State. PHOTO: NAN

A chieftain of Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Fouad Oki has called on the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat to recuse himself as chairman of APC Local Council Screening and Primary Elections Committee for the purpose of free, fair and transparency.

Oki, in a letter released to the media, yesterday, which was also addressed to the state chapter and the party’s national headquarters, claimed that the appointment of the deputy governor as head of the committee is already generating tension among concerned members, especially aspirants.

The letter read: “Today, Lagos political demagogue pretend that they are democrats, but events of the next few weeks will truly expose their democratic credentials.

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However, let me say very loud and clear that, the APC Local Council Screening and Primary Elections Committee, led by His Excellency, Dr. Kadiri Femi Hamzat is facing a lot of criticism already from so many party members. It is alleged and rightly so, that they are glorified surrogates and a hand of Esau and voice of Jacob in their selection.

“I demand on behalf of so many party patriots that the deputy governor should recuse himself from the committee forthwith. The moral implication of his continued membership of the committee will come as a testimony that truly, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will be denied the conventional right of first refusal next year.”

Oki said the insinuation among party members was that Hamzat, beyond his present assignment was appointed to superintend the nomination of those who will guard and ensure his nomination as the party’s flag bearer in the governorship primary next year. He said the development is part of the strategy of the almighty Governor Advisory Council (GAC) and arm-twisting tactic to participatory democracy.

While he contented that party primary is key to APC’s internal democracy, especially for the council election, Oki tasked both the party’s national headquarters and the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to stand up to the task of ensuring that the procedure that allows political party members to choose representatives, who will represents them at general elections are held in accordance to the Constitution.

Oki said LASIEC and APC national body should make sure the party primary committee, led by Hamzat operates in a manner that ensures its independence and impartiality.

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