The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources , Olawale Oluwo , has resigned .
Oluwo not only resigned his appointment as a commissioner , but also renounced his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress .
In a letter that he submitted to the APC chairman in Lagos State , the former commissioner said his decision was based on the conduct of the party ’ s primary election , which led to the defeat of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The letter , dated December 3 , 2018 , read in part , “ My decision to resign is not unconnected with the events of the last few weeks , which created a heavy moral burden for me . I have found it rather difficult to come to terms with or rationalise the party ’ s conduct of the October 2018 primary elections , which were largely characterised by massive voters ’ disenfranchisement , intimidation , violence, undue influence and non - compliance with all known principles of democracy.
“ In the particular case of the governorship 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 altar of political expediency . ”
He added that the “integrity - deficient” nature of the primary had diminished the democratic reputation of the state .
Oluwo alleged that an arm of government was being used by a “powerful group ” to frustrate the policies and programmes of the state government for selfish interests.
The commissioner told The PUNCH that he had joined the Peoples Democratic Party , adding that he expected more defections in the coming days .