The All Progressive Congress (APC) National Working Committee sent from Abuja to monitor the Lagos State governorship primary has nullified the exercise.
The primary is being contested by Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
According to the Chairman of the committee, Mr. 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.
Ebri made this known when he addressed pressmen around 4.30pm at Protea Hotel, Alausa. The chairman however did not mention the camp that defaulted on the modalities for the election.
APC NWC cancels Lagos APC
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 and that the result will soon be announced.
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.”
Sanwo-Olu releases press statement
THANK YOU ALL – WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE ALL OUR PARTY FAITHFULS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY ELECTION IN LAGOS STATE
The Director General, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu Campaign Organisation (BOSCO), Mr. Tayo Ayinde, wishes and hereby unreservedly expresses our gratitude to all our faithful members for the loyalty, commitments and determination to our great party by participating in the direct gubernatorial primary election in Lagos State on the 2nd of October 2018. In the same vein, we also like to appreciate the overwhelming moral supports received from non members of our great party during the exercise.
Our sincere appreciation also goes to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and all the leaders of our great party for holding true tenet of democracy.
At this juncture, it is pertinent to acknowledge the gallantry displayed by the security agencies, the cooperation of the press and exhibition of close observation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the just concluded direct primary of our great party.
Most importantly, we are grateful to members of the state chapter of our great party who voted for Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu en-masse during the gubernatorial primary election and making him emerge as flag-bearer of our great party for the general election in 2019.
We urge our entire members to remain focused and work assiduously towards the general election in 2019.
Comrade Olusesan Daini, Director Media and Publicity, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organization (BOSCO) 2nd October 2018.