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Lagos APC Primaries: Uncertainty As State Chairman Disagrees With NWC Panel

Channels Television  
Updated October 3, 2018

Uncertainty over Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) primary grew on Tuesday as the Chairman of the party in the state, Tunde Balogun, disagreed with the Chairman of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) panel, Clement Ebri.

Tunde Balogun, after the primary on Tuesday, insisted that the election was peaceful, free and fair as delegates from 245 wards participated in the election.

He added that the results declared stands as party agents for the two aspirants – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Jide Sanwo-Olu were present.

“I want to assure Lagosians that all the results according to the provision of the constitution were recorded and signed by the agents of the two aspirants.

“INEC witnessed the elections. I want you to know as the APC chairman of Lagos state that the election was free, fair and transparent.

“I could see the National Leader’s ward, Bola Tinubu, it was visible there, most of you have the result,” he said.

However, the chairman of the APC National Working Committee, Clement Ebri had earlier announced the decision of the party to postpone the Lagos Primary.

He said the primary needed to be postponed due to political tension in Lagos State.

“Because of the political tension in the state, we decided to be very careful, very methodical, and very meticulous in doing it (the primary).

“Peace is more important to us than victory. We want the kind of victory that will be celebrated by both parties. We want victories that will be credible; a victory that will be in line with the guidelines, the extant rules and laws of this country,” Ebri said.

Ebri said further that the stakeholders involved in the primary were not comfortable with the arrangements made.

He promised that the National Headquarters will be contacted for further directives on the timing on the release of materials, adding that, “We are ready to give you the most credible governorship primary in the history of Lagos State.”