Lagos APC Primary: NWC dissociate itself,as Ambode’s supporters allege disenfranchisement,threaten

Following the report of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode getting defeated by ongoing Lagos APC Primaries, in which Babajide Sanwo-Olu who came through with a landslide victory.The APC National Working Committee has dissociated itself.

According to the APC National Working Committee, the option A4 mode used in the election was opposed as they prefer a secret ballot system. Though the Lagos APC Primaries exercise which held in over 300 wards in the state is over, it was gathered that the mode used for the election was the Option A4, still known as open ballot, a system where voters queue behind the agent or representative of their preferred candidates. The secret ballot system is a process where a voter’s choice is confidential.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Clement Ebri, in a telephone conversation with Punch’s correspondent, said the panel had been in a crucial meeting with the chairman of the APC in Lagos, agents of the two contenders in the primary election – Governor Akinwumi Ambode and Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu — and other stakeholders.

He said, “The primary election hasn’t started. We are in a meeting with the party chairman in Lagos and the agents of the two contenders in the primary election.

“It is after we have settled the grey areas and address all the stakeholders’ concerns that we will send people out from here to conduct the primary.”

“There are grey areas to be ironed out. We want to organise a free, fair and transparent primary election and that is why this meeting is very crucial.

Ebri said any election purportedly carried out in any ward in the state earlier today is null and void, as the stakeholders had yet to agree on important guidelines for the primary.

Speaking at his ward in Alausa, Ikeja, after Sanwo-Olu, his preferred candidate, was declared winner, Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC, expressed confidence in the exercise.

He said the election was beyond him, adding that the people had their wish in the end.

“It is a democracy day for us. Elections are supposed to be a celebration of democracy and we have tried to show the world and the Nigerians that we are democrats because democracy is present in us,” he said.

“What an open election means is elimination of corruption in any delegate system, transparency in the true sense of it so that the party faithful as you have seen them here- you can’t buy all these people, you cannot.

“This is the committed commitment to party supremacy. It is even beyond me as a leader. Whatever is happening today, I have to submit myself to the party wishes.”


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