Efforts of the All Progressives Congress to win Kogi state in the next governorship election through its traditional means may have suffered a major setback as a coalition of civil societies revealed plans of the party to force Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos state to contribute N50 million each to fund the forthcoming Governorship election in the north-central state.
According to Tunde Babarinsa, Chairman Coalition of Civil Societies, Lagos State and Alabi Oyewole, a Lagos resident, the plans have hit a brickwall after some Governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) refused to contribute N100 million each to the Kogi project.
Some of the governors at a forum in Abuja, frowned at what has been described as “unhealthy contribution” on the premise that they have several financial burdens to shoulder in their various states, even as they faulted the mandatory contribution in this period of dwindled allocations when they are unable to meet their obligations to workers in their states.
The report said the Governors of Oyo, Osun and Kwara States in particular absolutely refused the contribution, and in the process, staged a walked out of the meeting. One of the governors was quoted saying that N100 million would go a long way in assisting them meet some important responsibilities in their respective states, rather than contributing to a state election where the candidate is alleged to be unpopular and was reluctant to issues of the party until he became a flag bearer.
Although www.gidinews.com cannot independently confirm, a report says a former LCDA chairman in Lagos who is now running as a deputy governorship candidate in a forthcoming election had received the sum of N200 million contributed by LGs and LCDAs in the state to support his campaigns for the election.