The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Oluwo Olawale Wasiu, has resigned from the cabinet of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with immediate effect.
The former commissioner, in a letter sent to the State party chairman and obtained by Tori Gist on Wednesday, declared support for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje.
Wasiu stated that his decision to resign is connected to the party's conduct of the October 2018 primary elections in the state, which was characterized by massive voters disenfranchisement, intimidation and violence.
The former commissioner said: "In a particular case of the gubernatorial primary, which was conducted using the "open ballot" option in violation of the guildlines 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.