The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has broken into factions, with loyalists of the National Leader, Bola Tinubu, leading a new group called the Broom United Movement, BUM.
The development came barely two weeks after Tinubu started his assignment as Head of the Reconciliation Committee of the party.
The splinter group, at its inaugural meeting, which took place at the Absolute Lagos Lounge, of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, accused the leadership of the party in Lagos of engaging in “illegalities, manipulation and marginalisation” against members.
Faud Oki, Convener of the BUM, warned that unless genuine reconciliation is allowed to take place, the party may be heading for a crisis and disaster in the coming election year.
Oki, a former Director-General of ex-Governors Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, and Akinwunmi Ambode’s Campaign Organisations, said: “Our party suffers from low organisational capacity, and lack of internal democracy.”
“The resultant effect of this has been its incapacity to support our democracy as expected.
“Today, our party in Lagos State is fading into insignificance. Massive membership exclusion is becoming the order of the day, with members withdrawing from the political space and constituting themselves into internal opposition.
“It is in the light of all these, that the BUM will involve committed party members who will bring moral authority, character, and wisdom, in handling the delicate issue of reconciliation, unity, and accord.”
The BUM Leader, lamented that the APC in the State has never been this divided and disunited.
“The current graveyard silence that permeates our political landscape with a ‘siddon look’ syndrome is very dangerous”, adding that political parties are vital organisations in a democracy, and democracy is stronger when citizens become active members of political parties.
“Unfortunately, the democratic culture in our State is characterised by factors such as illegalities, rigging, oppression, manipulation, marginalisation, and violence.
“Democracy and political participation are related to good governance; this relationship is complementary, but appears to be antithetical to our political system. When democracy is abused, good governance becomes elusive and evasive.”