The governorship cam of Jimi Agbaje of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) received a political boost today as a serving commissioner Wale Oluwo resigned his appointment from the cabinet of Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos to join the opposition.
Oluwo until is resignation, was the commissioner for energy and mineral resources.
Jimi Agbaje has hailed Oluwo’s defection, describing it as the fall of Babylon in statement
Why did Oluwo dumps APC at this time?
In his resignation letter obtained by InfomediaN, he accused the leadership of the APC of being anti-democratic in the process that produced Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the flagbearer of the APC in the 2019 governorship election.
Sanwo-Olu, was said to have been unilaterally picked by Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader and the most powerful voice in the structure of APC in Lagos.
The sitting governor, Mr. Ambode, who was accused of being a performer but “not a good party man” failed to get the support of Tinubu.
He lost the primaries that followed.
According to Oluwo the outcome of the governorship primary has diminished the reputation of the APC in the state.
“Powerful group in the APC have been violating the principle of separation of powers and intimidating critical institutions of democracy in the state,: he said.
Oluwo is from Epe Local Government like Ambode.
Ambode initially vowed to fight at after the primaries, but later gave in to support his Sanwo-Olu and APC in 2019 General Elections.
See below the letter copy of letter he sent to the chairman of the APC in Lagos:
A few hours ago, I submitted to His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, a letter of resignation of my appointment as the Honourable Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources.
Consequently, as a registered member of the All Progressives Congress, I have deemed it necessary to formally notify you of my intention to reconsider my membership status.
My decision to resign is not unconnected with the events of the last few weeks, which have created a heavy moral burden for me.
I have found it rather difficult to come to terms or rationalize the party’s conduct of the October 2018 primary elections, which were largely characterized by massive voter disenfranchisement, intimidation, violence, undue influence and non-compliance with all known principles of democracy.
In the particular case of the gubernatorial primary, which was conducted using the “open ballot” option in violation of the guidelines of the APC that specified the “open-secret ballot” option, it is clear to me that the core principles of merit, competence, justice and fairness have been sacrificed by the APC on the altar of political expediency.
The integrity-deficient nature of the primary has significantly diminished the hard-earned reputation of our State as a reference point for free and fair democratic practice.
I have struggled for weeks to understand the rationale for the apparent desperation and brigandage brazenly displayed by the party apparatchik in the various elections.
I had never thought such vicious attack could be unleashed on the progress that the state had made in its steady democratic journey.
The indifference of the APC to the continued use of an arm of government by a powerful group within the party, to intimidate critical institutions of democracy in the State, undermines the doctrine of separation of powers, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and impairs government’s ability to implement policies and programmes that will benefit the majority of the people.
This is in conflict with my strongly held belief that group interest, no matter how powerful, must be subordinated to the interest of the majority.
I am convinced that the present atmosphere of encirclement will not abate anytime soon. I therefore resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress, immediately.
Oluwo new candidate, Jimi Agbaje is going to the governorship election in Lagos the second time. His last was 2015.
He was a former ally of Tinubu before he joined the opposition.