Resign Now , Lagos APC Tells Shelle
BEVERLY HILLS, August 17, (THEWILL) – The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Monday asked the chairman of Lagos Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Capt. Tunji Shelle (rtd), to resign for deceiving his party and Lagosians which led to their crushing and debilitating defeat in the last general elections.
In a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, APC said Shelle should have resigned honourably and give way to a more competent person having lost the governorship elections in 2011 and 2015 in Lagos State.
The statement said: “All over the world when a chairman of a party becomes a serial loser, he does not need anybody to counsel him to leave the stage for fresh hands but not Shelle of Lagos PDP. If he is not blaming party leaders, he turns his miserable search light to the opposition and now he is blaming the former president Jonathan.
“The totally devastated Shelle who has been suffering votes of no confidence since the last elections told his party members in Amuwo Odofin Lagos that former president Jonathan allowed APC to get away with a lot of illegalities during the last elections which led to his own defeat. According to Shelle if Jonathan had won the presidential
elections , PDP would have used soldiers, Police, DSS, SSS, Civil Defence etc to steal Lagos.
“Now, Tunji Shelle must be told that the day Jonathan picked the PDP ticket for the presidential election was the day he lost the election. Jonathan should not have contested in 2011 given the political
arrangement put in place after the June 12, 1993 election crisis to rotate power between the North and the South every eight years.
“There was no way Jonathan would have won with 11 states in South South and South East against 25 states in the South West, North East, North West and North Central. Two small zones in the South East and South South would not have defeated the four big zones of South West, North Central, North East and North West.”
Even if South South and South East voted 150 percent beyond Mathematics, Jonathan would not have won that election. In fact the millions of votes Jonathan got was padded. That was the permutations, calculations and analysis empty heads and peevish school boys in PDP failed to take into considerations”
“In Lagos, Shelle was a living witness to many illegalities PDP and the law enforcement agencies unleashed on Lagosians. PDP illegally set up SURE-P Recruitment Centre at old Toll Gate Lagos and used it to fleece unsuspecting Lagosians of their hard earned money in the name of providing jobs for them. Shelle waited until PDP lost Lagos for him to tell the world that one man who had dubious courage defrauded Lagosians.
“Where was Shelle when PDP unleashed OPC illegally on Lagosians one Monday morning from the old Toll gate to the National Stadium, grounding Lagos, bearing guns, machetes, destroying all APC campaign materials with the help of the police along that corridor, shouting that Jega must go and that PVC and Card Readers should not be used? Where was Shelle when Jonathan brought million of dollars and pounds to throw around in Lagos and consequently divided Lagos along ethnic lines, which nearly caused xenophobic attacks in the metropolis? Where was Shelle when one …. were brandishing guns and
shooting people in Alimosho Lagos while APC was busy campaigning? Where was Shelle when PDP imposed Jim Agbaje on the party at Oregun Ikeja Lagos which led to massive shootings and stampede?
“Where was Shelle when his PDP left the campaigns to win elections and resorted to shooting APC members in the Island? The truth is that Lagos PDP introduced dangerous ethnic politics in Lagos which was not enough to make Jim Agbaje the
“Did Shelle see all the hate campaign PDP and its agents ditched out in the bid to tear President Buhari down and yet the man ran away with victory. Shelle may not know this, most of the campaigns advertorials
PDP pushed out to sell Jonathan ended up being used to sell candidate Buhari. The campaign worked heavily for PMB instead of Jonathan.
“Lagos APC insists that Shelle should stop crying over spilled milk and face realities. Old ways will never open new doors. PDP has played their last card in Nigeria and Lagos and it will take years for this
party to rise again in this country.
“Excuses and excuses can never help Shelle and PDP. Governor Ambode defeated Jimi Agbaje with more than 150,000 votes even with their illegalities, money politics and ethnic politics. This is a lesson. Let Shelle resign and give way for a fresh hand to help the party. This is the path of honour.”