Some loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari have alleged that they have been excluded in the scheme of things within the fold of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The loyalists of the President are former members of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC).
DAILY POST recalls that Buhari contested as President on the platform of CPC in 2011.
The CPC was one of the political parties that metamorphosed into APC ahead of the 2015 general elections.
But, some of the loyalists of the President who are in Lagos State have decried the incessant exclusion from the scheme of things in the party.
They specifically noted that they have been “deliberately excluded from the recently concluded congress of the party in the Lagos State chapter”.
Members of the aggrieved defunct CPC, which is now known as APC Change Vanguard, in a petition addressed to the Chairman, Lagos State Congress Appeal Committee of APC, Barr. Fatima Zahra Umar, stated that despite all efforts upon several appeals to get involved since the eventual formation of APC in the Lagos chapter, the ACN bloc has continued to sideline their members.
The leadership of the APC Change Vanguard Group in Lagos State in the petition issued on Saturday and signed by its Coordinator, Prince Lanre Rufai alongside another leader of the group, Chief Thomas Adu described their exclusion from the State Consensus Congress held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, as appalling.
They said, “In fact, it is the usual practice of the State party leadership to conduct consensus congress by exclusion, contrary to the party’s constitution and we refrained from conducting any parallel congress.”
The aggrieved APC members emphasized that since 2014, they have never benefitted from the party structure.
They further stated that they had been shortchanged despite their contributions and active participation in the party.
They described the continued exclusion as an unprecedented act of impunity and greed which must be urgently addressed by the leadership of the party.
The aggrieved members then urged the Congress Appeal Committee for Lagos State to take remedial actions on the matter in the spirit of fair play, justice, and unity.
They urged the committee to address their complaints so as to save the party from obvious consequences as the next general elections draw near.