The National Working Committee (NWC) panel of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that came to observe the party’s governorship primary election process in Lagos State has cancelled the election held across the 20 local government areas (LGA) and 52 Local council development areas (LCDA) of the state on Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018.
In an earlier report published here yesterday, the Chairman of the gubernatorial primaries for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Chief Clement Ebiri, who was also a former governor of Cross-River state has revealed that the primary election results that are been circulated around the news and on social media as FAKE.
Mr. Clement Ebiri, who presided over the panel in his capacity as the chairman addressed the press in Ikeja, where he announced that the primary election could not have held because the committee has not received the full list of delegates of one of the two candidates as at 4 pm yesterday, Wednesday October 3rd, 2018. He, however, did not reveal the identity of the defaulting candidate on the arrangements for the primary election.
Mr. Clement Ebiri said the panel only wants a free, fair and credible primary election exercise that would not further divide the party. He thereby promised that he would make sure that all the candidates are treated fairly and equally, giving them the same rights and privileges. Mr. Clement Ebiri later displayed some empty result sheets as proof that the elections did/has not officially taken place.
Mr. Clement Ebiri said in his speech yesterday:
“First, a stakeholders meeting took place on Monday and we agreed on some things and based on these agreements, I reached out to the national headquarters and we were advised to make some minor changes to the procedures in accordance with the agreements.
“We met with the delegates of both candidates as early as 8 am and we talked about some of these modalities and asked them to provide us with information to identify the 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 7 LGA’s out of 20 and about 5hrs later, they brought the list for 11. Even till this moment (4 pm), we have not received the other 2 LGA’s. Do you blame me? Will you have expected us to collect 18 from one person and 20 from another person? No.
Mr. Ebiri further said:
“This is all about being fair and equitable and I think eventually, we took the best decision. 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.”
Mr. Ebri promised to reach out to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), to seek approval on the new date for the exercise. He said the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) panel was devoted to making sure that all the candidates are treated fairly and equally, giving them the same rights and privileges and ensuring a free, fair and credible process in line with the provisions of law for the election so that they are not accused of partisanship.
Although the exercise was declared to have been canceled by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) panel, the Lagos state APC chapter went ahead to declare Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was a former commissioner in the state as the winner of the exercise.
The Lagos state APC chairman, Mr. Tunji Balogun made the declaration at the Lagos state APC headquarters, Ikeja on Tuesday night before the whole election process and subsequent results were canceled. Mr. Balogun said bonafide members of the party were accredited early in the morning between the hours of 9 and 12 in the afternoon. Then officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) supervised the exercise as members start to vote for their preferred candidate.