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APC: Bayewu withdraws from Lagos West sen race

…As Fashola’s aide, Raji loses Reps primary; Diya’s brother wins

By Dapo Akinrefon

Lagos—24 hours after Lagos State Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire announced her withdrawal from the Lagos West Senatorial District race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, another aspirant, Kamal Bayewu has also withdrawn from the race.

In a brief statement made available to newsmen yesterday, Bayewu, said he took the decision in the best interest of the party after wide consultations with party stakeholders.

With their withdrawal, the coast is now clear for a member of the House of Representatives, Solomon Adeola popularly known as ‘Yayi’ to emerge the sole candidate of the senatorial district.

Also, special adviser to Lagos State governor on Information and Strategy, Lateef Raji yesterday lost in his bid to become the APC candidate for Oshodi- Isolo Federal Constituency.

Also, Wole Diya, younger brother to former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya won the primary to represent Shomolu Federal Constituency under APC.
Diya, a former member of the House of Representatives polled 199 votes to defeat Sesan Olanrewaju, who scored 192 votes and Gbenga Abdullahi who got 76 votes.

Tunji Braithwaite’s son loses PDP Central Senate primary

Olumide Braithwaite, son of pro-democracy activist, Dr Tunji Braithwaite; yesterday lost the PDP Lagos Central Senatorial ticket to 2011 governorship candidate of the PDP, Dr Ade Dosunmu.

Also defeated was 2007 governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) Mr Hakeem Gbajabiamila.

The ticket was contested by Ade Dosunmu, Olumide Braithwaite and Hakeem Gbajabiamila.

FORMER Minister for Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe yesterday said that the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos had no option than to field a candidate that could compete with the opposition party.While Dosunmu polled 130 votes to emerge winner, Braithwaite scored 7, while Gbajabiamila scored 83 to clinch the second position.

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