Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wale Oluwo Wasiu, has resigned his appointment from the Governor Ambode’s government, citing the denial of a second term ticket to his principal as the reason.
Wasiu also said he was quitting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with immediate effect having been pained by the fate suffered by Ambode.
The former commissioner, in a letter sent to the state party chairman on Wednesday,has, however, declared support for the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje.
Wasiu the ruling party’s conduct of the October 2018 primary elections in the state which he said “was characterized by massive voters disenfranchisement, intimidation and violence.”
He said: “In a particular case of the gubernatorial primary, which was conducted using the “open ballot” option in violation of the guidelines of the APC that specified the “Open-secret ballot” option, it is clear to me that the core principles of merit, competence, justice and fairness have been sacrificed by the APC on the alter of political expediency.”
Wasiu also noted that the integrity-deficient nature of the primary has significantly diminished the hard-earned reputation of the State as a reference point for free and fair democratic practice.
“The indifference of the APC to the continued use of an arm of government by a powerful group within the party, to intimidate critical institutions of democracy in the state, undermines the doctrine of separation of powers, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and impairs governments’s ability to implement programmes that will benefit the majority of the people,” he added.
Wasiu also said, “I, Olawale Oluwo, will be joining the PDP to work with my friend and brother – Mr. Jimi Agbaje in the struggle to #FreeLagos “. #FreeLagosNow #iStandwithJimi
The former commissioner said he decamped to the PDP to ensure the party wins 2019 gubernatorial elections.