Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman Otunba Oladele Ajomale yesterday said the party will not give automatic ticket to its elected functionaries in the executive and legislature for 2029 elections.
He said the party would continue to nurture and defend the institutions which give content, form and predictability to democracy.
Reflecting on his tenure, the chairman said he was fortunate to lead the political family to victory on three occasions, stressing that his successor will also cope and survive through hard work and prayers.
Ajomale spoke at the party office along Acme Road, Ogba, Ikeja on the performance of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the party’s interface with the administration, the agitation for special status by Lagos and preparations for future elections.
He paid tribute to Ambode for his giant strides, saying he had done the party proud by building on the foundation built by his predecessors, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He said Ambode had converted Lagos in a huge construction site, adding that his achievements are visible in many critical sectors, including education, health, transportation and other forms of social welfare.
Ajomale also praised the state and federal lawmakers on the platform of the Lagos APC for their sense of mission and accountability, singling out Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) as an embodiment of accountability and fidelity to the chapter.
However, Ajomale said there will be no automatic ticket for any elected functionary, maintaining that the democratic system of selection would be adopted to pick flag bearers.
The chairman said the party is monitoring those who got to public offices on its platform by insisting that they should toe the party line and implement its campaign promises to the electorate.
He said hardworking, disciplined and loyal elected officials will secure ticket at the primary where they will receive the votes of delegates, adding that they have nothing to fear.
He said the party will insist on the constitutional and legitimate method of picking candidates, even where many of the candidates are unopposed.
Ajomale said: “There will be no automatic ticket for anybody. Those who have worked hard have nothing to fear. We are building institutions of democracy. We will employ the constitutional method to select and observe internal democracy. Even, if the person is standing unopposed, we will still pass through the process.”
The chairman chided people for perceiving politics as a veritable occupation, instead of using their certificates, brains and hands on other productive ventures. He said the struggle for few elective slots by many aspirants have led to participation crisis, do-or-die politics and politics of bitterness.
The chairman revisited the agitation for a special status for Lagos, urging the Federal Government to accord priority to the agenda.
He hailed Senator Oluremi Tinubu for spearheading the clamour in the National Assembly and called for the understanding of other legislators to achieve the goal.