The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee Panel appointed to monitor the Lagos Governorship Primary election, has apparently bowed to pressure and declared Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu winner of the primary election purportedly held on Tuesday.
Mr. Clement Ebri, the Chairman of the panel, had on Tuesday during a press conference stated that no election was held in the state. He however on Wednesday morning, obviously after pressure from the Oga at the top, declared Sanwo-Olu winner.
The Chairman of Lagos APC, Tunde Balogun, had on Tuesday stated that the election was held in 245 wards in 20 local government areas.
“Anything that was done without the list we waited for, I can’t wait for a list for over nine hours and I didn’t see anything and you expect me to go ahead? We had a meeting with the representatives of the aspirants as early as 8 a.m. and we told them to bring lists of representatives from each LG to monitor the election on their behalf. I got names for 20 LG reps from one side and only got seven from the other side and we just got for additional eleven LG from them,” Mr. Ebri said on Tuesday.
“And you don’t expect us to go on with an election where one person is represented and the other is not. I believe what we have decided is the best. There was no election and we will communicate when materials for the election will be distributed and election conducted,” he added.
Mr. Ebri in a statement today noted that despite hiccups, the governorship primary was actually held and the results were collated.
“At the end of the exercise, the following votes were scored by the respective aspirants: one, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode 72,901 votes. The other aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-olu, scored 970,851 votes.
“Following this results, I, Clement Ebri, the chairman of the Lagos State APC Governorship Primary Committee, hereby declare Babajide Sanwo-olu the winner of that election.”
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