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JUST IN: Lagos APC primary: NWC backtracks, declares Sanwo-Olu winner


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Clement Ebri, the Chairman of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress tasked with conducting the Lagos governorship primary, has endorsed the result of the primaries held on Tuesday.

Mr Ebri had on Tuesday cancelled the election, saying they had not conducted the election.

However, after consultation with the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Ebri was told to accept the results, reports PM NEWS.

The result of the primary election was announced by the Lagos State Chairman of the APC, Tunde Balogun on Tuesday night and  Jide Sanwo-Olu was declared the winner, with 970,851 votes while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode got 72,901 votes.

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Recall that the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as winner of Tuesday’s governorship primary.

This was contrary to the position of the Clement Ebiri-led panel, which had earlier declared the election that produced Mr Sanwo-Olu as winner as a nullity.

Mr Ebiri had said that the primary would be rescheduled as the state chapter has no power to conduct the party governorship primary election on its own.

However, the Lagos State chairman of the party, Tunde Balogun, had announced Mr Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the primary.

Announcing the results to newsmen in Ikeja, Mr Balogun said  that Sanwo-Olu polled 970,851 votes to defeat Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, who polled 72,901 votes.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the announcement was in contrast of the pronouncement of the electoral panel which had declared that election did not hold in Lagos.

NAN reports that both parties had on Monday, at a meeting, disagreed on the pattern of primary to adopt without reaching a consensus.

Mr Balogun thanked party members for coming out en masse to participate in the primary, saying that their participation reflected their belief in democracy.

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“I am aware that conflicting information has been circulating on our primary election, but I must tell you that the election was held and it was free and fair.

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“It would be very painful to disenfranchise the over 1.5 million members who voted across the 245 wards in the state.

“At the end of the exercise, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu polled 970, 851 votes and Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode scored 72, 901 votes.With this, Mr Babajide is declared winner.

“I thank party members for participating in the election and their dedication to democracy,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National leadership of APC said it had postponed the governorship primary in Lagos State indefinitely to douse tension generated within the party in the state.


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