Kakalistiq.com reports that the Senior Legislative Aide to Rep. Wale Raji (MHR), the Member representing Epe Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Hassan Bashir, has expressed apprehension regarding the quality of candidates that will be presented by the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Lagos State 2025 LG/LCDA Election. Bashir emphasized that this election’s outcome could significantly impact the upcoming 2027 general elections.
In a statement addressed to various stakeholders, including the President, APC Governors, National and State Executives, and party influencers, Bashir urged an open-minded consideration of his concerns. He stressed the importance of acknowledging the achievements of local government and LCDA chairmen while cautioning against automatic second terms.
Bashir called for internal democracy within the party and a departure from the endorsement culture, citing the need to avoid repeating past election scenarios in Lagos State. He asserted that not all LG/LCDA Chairmen deserve a second term, advocating for grassroots primary elections to foster internal democracy.
Highlighting the significance of good governance at the grassroots, Bashir urged the reduction of godfather influence to attract the best leaders. He hailed Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the creation of LCDAs in Lagos State, acknowledging it as a positive outcome when led by competent individuals.
In response to diverse opinions on the creation of LCDAs, Bashir supports Nurudeen Banjoko, who sees it as a positive step, adding value to governance by bringing government structures closer to the grassroots. However, Awala expresses concerns, stating that local councils, often treated as appendages by state governors, lack substantial value in governance. He calls for increased efforts from LCDs in areas like health, education, and social development.
On the contrary, Edidi Shamsudeen Ayodeji views LCDA creation as a dividend of democracy, particularly effective with capable leadership. He suggests that civil society organizations raise awareness about grassroots governance and that anti-graft agencies closely monitor council finances, emphasizing the role of effective leadership.
As the Lagos State 2025 LG/LCDA Election looms, Hassan Bashir’s call for internal democracy and a careful selection of candidates resonates. The party faces a critical juncture where adherence to democratic principles can pave the way for effective governance at the grassroots.
The influence of godfathers and the automatic endorsement of incumbents must be reconsidered for a more vibrant and accountable political landscape. As stakeholders weigh these concerns, the trajectory of the upcoming elections and their impact on the 2027 general elections remains a critical subject for both party members and the public.