Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, has blasted the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as being a ‘mafia organization’ and‘absolutely disgraceful’ after the outcome of the governorship primary in Lagos State.
While speaking in a chat with ChannelsTV at the venue of the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Bucknor-Akerele said the APC is more like a ‘mafia organisation.’
She said this with respect to the loss of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode at the APC primaries in the state onmy because Bola Tinubu disaproved of his reelection. Saying that the fact that an incumbent governor could not emerge as the party’s candidate in the primary because of the idea that “one man must be served”, showed that the APC was no longer a political party.
“I think it is absolutely disgraceful, what has happened in the APC because it would seem that the whole idea in the APC is that everyone should be serving one man and if you’re not ready to serve that one man, then you are out, so to speak.”
“It’s not a political party; it’s more like a mafia organisation”.
After the emergence of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as APC’s flagbearer, the PDP on Thursday began the process of determining who would become its candidate in 2019.
The party has to choose either Mr Adedeji Doherty or its flagbearer in 2015, Mr Jimi Agbaje, for the 2019 governorship election.
And the former deputy governor who since defected to the PDP said she was confident that the party would emerge victorious at the election providing the electoral umpire (INEC) remained neutral.
“It’s not so much the candidate; it’s the machinery on the ground to be able to defeat the APC. Not only that, we have to ensure that INEC is fair.
“INEC is no longer independent. INEC is (I wouldn’t say in the pocket exactly) but they are certainly leaning towards the APC in everything we see.
“We could see that quite clearly from what happened in the Ekiti and Osun elections and I am hoping that there would be something done about INEC and maybe some of these electoral officers should be removed,” she said.