- Ruling party a den of illegality, Falae insists
Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo and Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja
The South-west Zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed that the party would not lose any state in the zone and mapped out strategies to ensure its candidate emerges victorious in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Osun State.
This is coming as the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, has described the ruling APC as a den of illegality.
Speaking at the zonal caucus meeting, the National Vice Chairman of the party in the zone, Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, reviewed the affairs of the party in the South-west with particular attention on the just- concluded gubernatorial election in Ekiti State and the forthcoming Osun State governorship election.
In a statement signed by the Zonal Secretary, Ayo Afolabi, the party expressed appreciation to its teeming supporters in Ekiti State for trooping out to vote for its candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
On the Osun State governorship election, the party said “as far as the South-west caucus of the APC is concerned, we have a candidate for the election in Osun Stae and we all have to rally round him to win the election”.
The caucus directed all state chairmen of the party within the zone to get involved directly in the electioneering process to ensure the party’s victory that started in Ekiti.
“We cannot afford to lose any of our South-west states to the opposition” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the SDP, Chief Olu Falae, has described the ruling APC as a den of illegality.
Speaking yesterday at the grand rally of the candidate of the SDP for the Lokoja/Kogi Federal constituency election, Hon. Ahmed Imam, which was held at Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, the former presidential candidate called on Nigerians to reject the party at the 2019 elections.
According to him, the rejection should start with the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency bye-election scheduled for Saturday, as he condemned the declaration of the seat of the former speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly vacant by the APC-controlled assembly.
According to him, the recent developments in the country had shown that the ruling party was worse than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He urged the people of Lokoja in particular and Kogi State, in general, to demonstrate their support for the former speaker by voting against the APC on Saturday.
He noted that Imam fulfilled the prescribed conditions that are spelt out in the constitution before a lawmaker could defect from his party to another.
“That is another evidence of illegality, arbitrariness and malice. The law says you can change party if your party is in crisis and factions have developed within the party. His party was APC but today we have APC and R-APC, two factions, the conditions for defection legitimately have been fulfilled. He exercised his right to leave a party in factions and joined SDP, so it is illegal, criminal and unconstitutional for the house of assembly to declare the seat vacant, we shall take them to court and the court will deal with them,” Falae said.
On the invasion of the National Assembly by security agents, Falae said, “the security force interfering with the functioning of the legislature is committing an illegality a rape of constitution, those involved should be arrested and dealt with according to law because is a threat to our democracy.”