Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has split into two with the formation of a new group within the party, known as the Broom United Movement.
The crack which became public on Tuesday has heightened fears that party is going into an election year with a divided house.
The Movement is made up of a group of aggrieved members of the party.
At the launch of the group in Lagos, on Tuesday, Fouad Oki, the convener, said the group is a coalition of all members in one big and united enclave that will accommodate all shades of opinion, views and aspirations in “a collective and healthy competitive atmosphere.”
He said: “Our party suffers from low organisational capacity and lack of internal democracy,” Oki said.
“The resultant effect of this has been its incapacity to support our democracy as expected. Its inability to serve many important functions, including citizen mobilisation, interest aggregation, public policy formulation, leadership recruitment and government organisation.
“This apparent weakness underscores the need for reform and institutionalisation of a process whereby professionals become more central to the running of our party,” he said.
Oki said the desire to form the Broom United Movement came out of the need to thoroughly interrogate and dissect the issues militating against deepening synergic cohesion which had eluded the party since inception.
“The party has not been able to engender peace, trust and confidence in its membership. The undesirable cleavages of mistrust between the principal stakeholders is encouraging perfidious little minds at the local levels to further sow the seed of discord among the stakeholders in the naive belief that the could gainfully exploit the cleavages for personal purposes.
“Our party in Lagos State has never been this divided and disunited, the current graveyard silence that permeate our political landscape with a siddon look A O mu erin j’oba syndrome is very dangerous. Political parties are vital organisations in a democracy, and democracy is stronger when citizens become active members of political parties.”
“Today, our party in Lagos State is fading into insignificance. Massive membership exclusion is becoming the order of the day with members withdrawing from the political space and constituting themselves into internal opposition.”