Lagos APC Primaries: Osinbajo Did Not Endorse Sanwo-Olu – VP’s Office

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Updated September 30, 2018

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The office of the Vice president has denied reports that Professor Yemi Osinbajo has endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The office of the vice president in a statement on Sunday said Sanwo-Olu’s media team took advantage of the Vice President in the pictures taken during Osinbajo’s attendance at a meeting in Lagos.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended a meeting of the Lagos State General Advisory Council (GAC), where he had been invited by the elders on the council.

“Before the meeting, the Vice President who had been in Lagos to participate in the Presidential primaries in the State had met with Governors Akin Ambode and the APC National Leader Ashiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

“APC gubernatorial aspirants Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kunle Hamzat were also at the premises of the GAC meeting ahead of the Vice President’s arrival.

“Sources at the GAC meetings hinted that Prof Osinbajo, who is believed to be supportive of a second term bid for Ambode, conveyed the view of the Buhari presidency that there should be a level playing field in the overall conduct of the primaries.

“Informed sources at the meeting said the purpose of VP’s attendance at the GAC was to report on a previous meeting held between him and Governor Rauf Aregbesola on how to resolve some of the outstanding issues around Governor Ambode’s second term bid and its fallouts.

“It was while he was coming out of the meeting that Mr. Sanwo-Olu and Mr. Hamzat took advantage of the VP’S presence to take the photos which are now being falsely paraded as proof of endorsement,” the statement read in part.

The statement stressed that the Vice President was not at the meeting to endorse the candidate, adding that, “they only took advantage of his presence.”