As APC, PDP Battle For Edo LGAs
Ahead of the March Local Government election in Edo State, PATRICK OCHOGA writes on how the governing APC is preparing for it amidst threat of boycott by the opposition PDP. Ahead of the March 3rd elections of chairmen for the 18 local government councils and the192 wards across Edo State, uneasy calm has pervaded the party over what some party faithful and observers considered threats to internal democracy in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The defunct Action Congress (AC) which was one of the parties that metamorphosed into APC rode to power on a popular sloganeering of ‘let the people lead’ in 2008, is currently facing the challenges of practicing what it preaches. Prior to the coming into power of the ruling APC, it party criticised the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for f lack of internal democracy, impunity and glorifying godfatherism. In fact, former governor Adams Oshiomhiole throughout his eight years tenure sustained a vigorous campaign against any anti-democratic tendencies in the state. Less than 10 years down the line, the APC in the state seems to have lost the basic democratic tenet and has now caught itself in the web of alleged injustice, political gangsterism, abuse of laid down constitution and party guidelines. The initial party’s guideline that barred aspirants that had held political offices at the local government level as directed by incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki was considered by many as not only undemocratic but abuse of fundamental rights of citizens to participate in a popular democracy. The decision was however greeted with strong resistance which saw the leaders of party’s caucus as led by Adams Oshiomhiole, dumping that decision thereby opening up the political space for all aspirants to contest.
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