Chairman of the Lagos Governorship Electoral panel Clement Ebri has declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as winner of the exercise in the state.
Ebri made the declaration at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday morning.
Yesterday the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos State Chapter, Alhaji Tunde Balogun has declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu the winner of the Gubernatorial primary election, held Tuesday, across the 245 wards of the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.
Also the Chairman, National Working Committee Panel on All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos governorship primary, Chief Clement Ebri, on Tuesday dismissed ward elections earlier held in the state, saying the real election was yet to hold. He said the preparation for the direct primary by secret ballot has just been completed and that the election will begin soon. In many of the 245 wards in Lagos today, APC members reportedly queued to be counted in support of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, using a voting method known as Option A4.
At his media briefing on Wednesday, Ebri said the need for equity and fairness made his panel to reject the primary.
“First and foremost, yesterday (Monday) we held a stakeholders meeting; certain submissions were made and on the basis of these submissions, I contacted the national headquarters and they asked us to adjust the procedures in line with the provisions,” he had said.
“We had a session with the representatives of both aspirants, they were here as early as 8am and at that meeting, we discussed some of these modalities and asked them to furnish us with names of 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 seven local governments out of 20 and about five hours later, they brought list for 11. Even the other two local governments have not been provided till this moment (4pm). Do you blame me? Will you have expected us to collect 18 from one person and 20 from another person? No.
“This is all about fairness and equity and I think at the end of the day, what we did was the best. 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.”