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Nothing To Show For APC’s Performance In Lagos – Anoke

Hon. Sunny Anoke APGA Sec Lagos
Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 1:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Sunny Anoke is the State Secretary of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Lagos. In this interview with EJIKEME OMENAZU, he speaks on how his party is preparing for the coming Local Government elections in Lagos and other sundry issues. Excerpts:


As the Chief Scribe of the party in the state, what would you say is the state of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Lagos State?

To be frank with you, APGA in Lagos is intact as a party. We, the executive, are working very hard to ensure that the party has a stronger root in Lagos. APGA has structures in all the local governments in Lagos. Politics is a game of number. APGA is loved by the people. I can make bold to say that non-indigenes constitute our strong base in Lagos, although there are quite a good number of Yoruba in the party. APGA is a national party. So, I urge all people to embrace it. We also reach out to all town unions, trade and market associations, labour unions, community associations and several other sympathy groups. They see APGA as a clean party that has not been corrupted, unlike the PDP and APC. So, in Lagos, APGA is strong.

But, the recent suspension of the party’s state chairman, Barrister Kayode Alabi, is giving the public the impression that all is not well with APGA in Lagos. What is your take on this?

Indeed, what happened was really a family affair. Barrister Alabi was suspended by the state executive for refusing to call meetings when due. As the State Secretary, I can confirm that after our National Convention, Barrister Alabi did not call a meeting for a very long time. We advised him to do so, but he was adamant. The party members mounted pressure on the executive and we had no option than to suspend him so that the party can move forward. However, I want to assure you that Barrister Alabi’s suspension was a popular opinion and the action was taken in well constituted meeting involving all the state and local government officers of the party as well as ex-officio members. The attendance was about 72 people. He was invited to the meeting and for reasons best known to him, he refused to attend, hence a decision was taken against. A seven-man committee was subsequently set up to look into the matter and they have started working and will report back to the executive very soon. With his suspension, his Deputy, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Akata, was appointed the Acting Chairman according to our constitution and he has been doing well since then. We have also been holding meetings since then and the party is doing well. With Chief Akata in charge, we are now mapping out strategies on how the party will be fully involved in the coming local government election in Lagos State. Without activities and meetings, how could this be possible? So, APGA is intact in Lagos.

The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has just started its sensitisation programme on the Local Government elections in the state. Would you say your party is prepared for the coming election?

We are prepared. We are waiting for the LASIEC to blow the whistle. As I said, all our structures are on ground in all Local Governments and Local Council Development Authorities (LCDAs) and they are working very hard. The APGA strategy is different from those of other parties. We are embarking on house-to-house and door-to-door mobilisation. We are also mobilising all our people in the markets and town unions. We even have members who do the same through their religious organisations and groups.  APGA is a grassroots party. The response of people has been tremendous. Nigerians are tired of PDP and APC. We have promised them real change. Positive change will really come if APGA is in power. It is not a ‘promise and fail’ type of change and transformation which APC and PDP are known for. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has always had its way in the state in all elections. What magic do you think APGA will do to overcome the party in Lagos which it claims be its? The magic is that we are reliable. We are not known for deceit. APGA is not a party of bill-boards. We are positive in what we say and do. Look at Anambra State. Nobody should underrate APGA. From the time of Peter Obi to Willie Obiano, Anambra has undergone a ot of transformation. Anybody who knew Anambra, especially when PDP people were using the state’s resources to enrich themselves, will agree that the transformation in the last 10 years of APGA there cannot be compared with the misrule and damage PDP did in that state. This is what we are bringing to Lagos State, starting from the Local Government election. Our success after the Local Government election will usher in an APGA government in Lagos come 2019 general elections. We are serious about it.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has always come second in elections in Lagos. Does APGA no longer see the PDP as a threat in Lagos? Not at all. People are tired of PDP’s deceit. That was why they were chased out in the last general elections. With that defeat, PDP is still licking its wounds and is still mourning. In Lagos, PDP is in disarray. APGA will leverage on PDP’s internal crisis to ensure that the party does not rear its ugly head again in Lagos.


How would you access the performance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in Lagos?

APC government in Lagos? Nobody has started seeing anything at all. We are still waiting. The change they are telling us in Lagos is not yet there, unless a change for the worse. Along the streets, nobody is laughing or smiling. Everybody is crying and angry. Is it the type of change APC promised? In Lagos today, traders, market women, okada riders, who voted them into power do not have peace to ply their trades. It is extortion everywhere. All these are minus for the APC change in Lagos. Instead of building infrastructure, they pull down markets and destroy people’s houses. People are not really happy in Lagos. That is why we are assuring Lagosians that APGA is the real party that will give them the real change and transformation they are clamouring for, it is not a change from a flat to one room, or from being a car owner to a bicycle rider. It is not a change where parents cannot pay their children’s school fees. The APC Change is negative change

At the national level, do you see the APC’s Change mantra working?

President Muhammadu Buhari is upright. He hates corruption, speaks against it and fights it. But people are complaining that he is one-sided in his fight against corruption. People are asking about the money so far recovered. What is he doing with it? What will he do with it? The past governments also fought corruption. Obasanjo collected some looted money. Jonathan did the same. But, nobody knows what happened to these monies. Buhari should avoid the mistakes others made with recovered looted monies. His foreign trips are becoming alarming. He is now one day in Nigeria, six days outside. We are yet to see the results. He should minimise his entourage to reduce the estacodes because his trips are consuming a lot of money which should be used to help the poor who are dying of hunger. But his recent China trip was said to have brought over $6 billion investments to the country? People are not comfortable with it although the government has been singing praises. We have heard a lot about it. We are waiting to see the results. We always see many good things on paper, but the results are the other way round. We hope that in his desperation to rebuild the economy, Buhari has not mortgaged us to China. We fear that very soon, the Chinese expatriates will arrive and kick our people out of jobs they can do, thereby leaving us in square one instead of helping us to fight unemployment.