The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has rejected Tuesday’s All Progressives Congress governorship primary results.
His opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu was declared winner of the election winning with 970,851 votes while Ambode got 72,901 votes.
The result was also yesterday rejected by the National Working Committee sent from Abuja to monitor the elections.
According to its chairman, Clement Ebri, the exercise which held across the 20 local government areas of the state on Tuesday could not have held because the committee was still expecting the list of representatives of one of the two aspirants.
However, a sharp reaction from the chairman of the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Tunde Balogun, states that the party’s governorship primary remains valid.
Balogun said, “Of course, the primary election took place in all the 245 wards in Lagos State and it was peaceful; not a single case of violence was recorded. It was peaceful, it was fair, it was just and transparent.
“The election stands, because it was conducted according to the constitution of our party.”
Ambode yet to concede defeat to Sanwo-Olu
In a statement on Tuesday night, The Ambode Campaign Organisation, said the Governor had not conceded any defeat as primary election had yet to hold in Lagos State.
According to them, some guidelines were not met during the election.
“Ambode has not conceded any defeat as primary election is yet to hold in Lagos State following guidelines.
“These include the usage of membership slips and membership cards by registered party members, as well as the adoption of secret ballot system which protects the electorate.
“The NWC came from Abuja with sufficient ballot papers which have yet to be distributed. As a loyal and responsible party member and a democrat, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is guided by the process announced by the party and shall await the new date of the governorship primary election,” the statement read in part.
However, a statement made by Ebri today declares Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the election.