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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

APC Panel Cancels Lagos Governorship Primary, Postpones Exercise


The National Working Committee panel of the All Progressives Congress sent from Abuja to monitor the party ’s governorship primary in Lagos State has nullified the exercise held across the 20 local government areas of the state on Tuesday.

The Chairman of the panel, Mr Clement Ebri, who addressed the press in Alausa, Ikeja, said the election could not have held because the committee was still expecting the full list of representatives of one of the two aspirants as of 4pm.
The primary is being contested by the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and Babajide Sanwo - Olu, the anointed candidate of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Ebri, a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, however, did not mention the aspirant that defaulted on the modalities for the election.
He said the committee was interested in a credible exercise that would not disintegrate the party and would, therefore, ensure that the aspirants were given a level playing field.
The chairman, who displayed empty result sheets, said that was the evidence that the primary did not hold officially.
Ebri said, “First and foremost, yesterday (Monday) we held a stakeholders meeting; certain submissions were made and on the basis of these submissions, I contacted the national headquarters and they asked us to adjust the procedures in line with the provisions.
“We had a session with the representatives of both aspirants, they were here as early as 8am and at that meeting, we discussed some of these modalities and asked them to furnish us with names of people who will act as agents for this exercise.
“So, we received the list from one party about one hour ago. At one point, they brought a list for seven local governments out of 20 and about five hours later, they brought list for 11. Even the other two local governments have not been provided till this moment (4 pm). Do you blame me? Will you have expected us to collect 18 from one person and 20 from another person? No.
“This is all about fairness and equity and I think at the end of the day, what we did was the best. I couldn’t have collected materials and say because the other party didn’t come, I give to the other person and say go and conduct the election. ”
Ebri said he would contact the NWC to seek further directives on the new date for the exercise.

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