The national working committee (NWC) panel coordinating all the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial primary election exercise in Lagos state has distanced itself from the governorship primary election that is currently taken place in Lagos.
There arose a dust of confusion in Lagos on Tuesday afternoon as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress’ governorship primaries in Lagos State, Chief Clement Ebiri, a former governor of Cross-River state described the results being carried around in the news and on social media as FAKE.
Chief Clement Ebiri, who spoke at a press conference on Tuesday, further said that they were yet to distribute the materials to be used for exercise. Chief Clement Ebiri said in the press conference that the distribution of electoral materials will commence by 1 pm today, Tuesday, October 2nd, and then to be followed by voters or delegate accreditation and subsequent voting, which will be conducted by the All Progressive Congress, National Working Committee (APC NWC) appointed officials.
Chief Clement Ebiri further said that this arrangement was to ensure free, fair and credible primary elections.
The panel set up by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Party(APC) had on Monday said the primary election exercise would be done by open-secret balloting. However, later at a press conference on Tuesday, the committee opposed the option A4 mode used in the election, insisting on their preference for secret ballot system. But the scenario from the primary elections results that is being circulated online and in the various media showed that the Option A4 was fully adopted during the election exercise, with voters queuing up behind the photographs of their preferred candidates.
In a Press statement released by the committee in that regard, Chief Clement Ebiri urged the citizens of Lagos, especially the members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), to disregard any report or videos of an ongoing primary election in some wards in the State as no State party officials do not have the power to accredit or conduct the Lagos State gubernatorial primary election.
However, as reported by The Eagle Online, the Committee also said that all registered and card-carrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with their valid membership card, have the right to participate the exercise in and are hereby advised to go to their various wards to be accredited and vote.
However, in other related news, the Lagos state deputy governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, has abandoned her boss and expressed her support for Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who is governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s main opponent for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket in the 2019 polls.
While speaking at Ward A and D, in Iba Local Council Development Area of Lagos state where she participated in the governorship primary election, she said that she would always support the candidate “chosen” by the party. She said: “The party has chosen a man and that is the man I will support and follow.” when she arrived at the ward to vote with her supporters, who were bearing posters of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.