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MY RESPONSE TO MR. JOE IGBOKWE – PUBLICITY SECRETARY OF APC By Eng Wale Oluwo

[15:12, 12/9/2018] Hon Commissioner For Energy Lagos State: Wale OLUWO
December 7, 2018

MY RESPONSE TO MR. JOE IGBOKWE – PUBLICITY SECRETARY OF APC
Attempt to Hoodwink the Public: When I raised some issues in my resignation letter to the Chairman of APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, initially dismissed me as an inconsequential person who is not worthy of being glorified with a response. Within 24 hours, he reversed himself with a response that is very robust on fiction but completely empty on substance and facts. Rather than address the issues of internal democracy, abuse of power, manipulation of democratic institutions and disregard for extant rules and guidelines that I raised in my letter, he embarked on a wild goose chase of character assassination and employed every trick possible to divert his readers’ attention away from the facts.

Mr. Joe Igboke’s Allegations; and the Facts:
Claim that I tried to reap from the challenges of internal party democracy: This is not true at all. At the time the Action Congress (AC) was engulfed in crisis in 2006, I was an aspirant for the House of Representatives (Epe Federal Constituency) on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Subsequently, one of the gladiators in the AC crisis, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi emerged as the Governorship candidate of the Mohammadu Buhari-led All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and made an unsolicited offer to me to be his Running Mate, based on my capacity for grassroots mobilization. We ran our campaign until when we stepped down and aligned with the Action Congress to work for Mr. Babatunde Fashola’s victory in the 2007 elections. Subsequent post-election talks resulted in the emergence of Senator Afikuyomi as Commissioner for Tourism in Mr. Fashola’s 1st TERM government, not 2nd TERM as claimed by Mr. Igbokwe. I did not join that government after the elections but went back to my job in the private sector.

On the attempt to paint me as an opportunist: I joined the Action Congress in 2007 and did not get any appointment until October, 2015. For the eight and a half years as a party member, I obtained no personal benefit but continued to spend huge resources to support the party and its members in and out of my constituency.

On the claim of anti-party activities: This is a figment of Joe’s imagination! I started politics in PDP in 2006, joined ANPP in 2007 and AC in same 2007. Since joining the AC/ACN/APC platform, I have never joined another party until my resignation from the APC in December, 2018.

On his claim that I left APC because my wife was denied the Chairmanship ticket: My wife, Dr. Arin Oluwo, a University of Lagos PhD holder, contested and lost the primary ticket for Eti-Osa II House of Assembly to the incumbent-Mr. Gbolahan Yishawu in 2011 and I did not leave the party. Again in 2017 when she was the leading aspirant, the party still denied her the primary ticket for Chairmanship of Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA and I did not leave the party. She also vied for same Eti-Osa Assembly II APC Primary ticket in 2018. Dr. Oluwo has been a major pillar of financia…
[15:41, 12/9/2018] Hon Commissioner For Energy Lagos State: Good afternoon all……this a o copy of the Joe Igbokwe’s letter that I responded to……………….”Real Issues Behind Mr. Olawole Oluwo’s Resignation From APC
The attention of the All Progressives Congress, Lagos State has been drawn to the letter of resignation of the erstwhile Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo.
The APC wishes him well.
The APC salutes the vigilance of the party apparatus and leadership which have put Oluwo on the watch on account of his antecedents in party politics and succeeded in checkmating his rabid opportunism.
It is on record that Oluwo first made an attempt to reap from the challenges of internal party democracy in our progressive movement when he teamed up with one of the losers in the 2007 primaries of the Action Congress to stop Babatunde Fashola’s sure victory at the polls. The unfortunate political adventurism failed woefully.

However, in the conventional demonstration of mercy and forgiveness, Oluwo’s principal, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi was accommodated in the second term cabinet of Governor Babatunde Fashola as the Commissioner for Tourism.
A similar milk of mercy and kindness led to the consideration Of Oluwo as a member of the Lagos State Executive Council under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the hope that he has purged himself of opportunism, disloyalty and vaulting desperation for power.
Oluwo had hardly resumed as the Commissioner when he began his plot to use that office to advance his quest for political fiefdom. The object of his ambition was the positioning of his wife as the chairman of a local government.
However, alert party men and women raised alarm about his anti-party antecedents wondering why someone who recently joined the party would want to use his position as commissioner to impose his wife on the constituency.
The party rank and file aborted this abuse of power and reckless peddling of influence and everybody thought the lesson had been learnt. He, apparently, had not.
As soon as the procedures for the general elections began, Oluwo once again became the only commissioner to seek his wife as the member of House of Assembly for Eti- Osa.
By now the pattern of his ambition had become clear. The intrigue that enabled him to make his wife the first- term commissioner’s wife to become the chairperson of the committee which organised the annual National Women Conference became clear. It was meant to achieve undeserved visibility.
This obnoxious attempt to deceive party members was again foiled and it is the aggravated frustration that has led to this defection.
It has been necessary to put this in true context so as to dismiss the false and capricious insinuation that his resignation was in principled objection to the party’s last primaries. Far from it. He was only playing true to type, seeking as he had done in 2007 to reap from the primaries.

He has further showed that he has been a mole of the PDP and has been working to undermine the APC. His exit is a signal to other like minds who may wish to follow his trail.
The party machinery knows everyone and their inclination. We encourage all genuine APC members to remain firm and committed to loftier and greater ideals of taking Lagos to a higher level of excellence.
The party remains unshaken.

Joe Igbokwe
Lagos APC Pub Sec”

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