Lagos APC In Disarray Over Governorship Primaries

Barely 24 hours to the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, reports reaching us indicate that t...


Barely 24 hours to the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, reports reaching us indicate that the exercise might be postponed.

According to a report published by Premium Times online, APC gubernatorial aspirants in Lagos are pushing for a suspension of the exercise.

It was disclosed that during a meeting held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, on Wednesday evening, the APC aspirants insisted that the procedure used to select delegates to Thursday’s primaries is defective.

“Congresses held in April were based on 57 local councils, but the party’s Constitution recognizes 20 local governments. Now they are trying to merge the 57 into 20,” a source who was present at the meeting told newsmen over the phone.

“Also, under INEC’s delineation of wards, we have 245 in the state. But under the party’s arrangement, it is 327. What happens to the excess number?

“So it cannot fly. It breached both the Electoral Act and the 1999 Constitution,” the source, who does not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, added.

He stated that 11 of the 13 governorship aspirants and some party executives from Abuja were present at the meeting chaired by Peter Obadan, a former Deputy Governor of Edo State (under John Oyegun, the APC Chairman).

Abayomi Sutton and Tokunbo Agbesanwa, the only woman in the race, were the two gubernatorial candidates who could not attend the meeting. While the former was said to be held up in Badagry, the latter was said to have lost her father.

It was also gathered that the aspirants were also angered by the fact that none of them – except Akinwunmi Ambode – knows the delegates to Thursday’s primaries.

Ambode is the candidate reportedly ‘anointed’ by Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor and one of the APC’s national leader.

“We (aspirants) don’t even have the delegates’ list. If they bulldoze their way to the primaries tomorrow, any one of us can void,” the source said.

The reported also stated that as an alternative, the aspirants reportedly settled for either a direct primaries or a consensus candidate.

“But they are not comfortable with the direct primaries or consensus because they can’t control the system.

“We have been told to await further directive from Abuja, this night.

“But we have already written to INEC, putting them on notice. The party is bigger than what we had in ACN,” the source said.

It would be recalled that some APC members, led by one Olorunfemi Oluwatoin, filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday seeking the cancellation of the primaries.


Also, reports say that Governor Babatunde Fashola and his predecessor, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, are currently at logger heads over who will succeed the former. While Governor Fashola is reportedly gunning for either Hamzat or Shashore, Tinubu is reportedly hell-bent on installing Ambode as the governor.


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