The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday banned its chairman, Henry Ajomale, members of the state executive council, wards and local government executives from seeking re-election. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the APC said that the ban was aimed at giving the younger generation the opportunity to occupy the party’s leadership positions.
“We want new breed, new development and new opportunity. Some of them have spent three to four terms at ward, local government and state levels. We thank them. The younger ones also want to move forward. If you have used eight, 10 or 12 years at ward local government and state. Thanks a lot. We appreciate you. They should give us the chance, we plead,” Tinubu said while speaking at the party’s stakeholders meeting in Lagos.
Tinubu also commended the outgoing executives for not losing any election at the state level during their tenure.
Ajomale, who spoke to journalists at the end of the meeting, said the decision that young people should be allowed to take over the management of the party was known to him.
“If you have contested once, it is right to give you a second term. If you have been there since 1998 – that is about 18 years. We feel the younger generation should be given a chance. It is right and proper to allow the younger generation to take over,” he said.
Present at the meeting were Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Joe Igbokwe, spokesman of the APC, Wasiu Eshinlokun, Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, among other chieftains of the party.
By Raphael Adenaike