Senator representing Lagos West, Olamilekan Adeola has warned the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the cancellation of Tuesday Primary election held in the state.
APC National Working Committee panel, led by Mr. Clement Ebri, on Tuesday cancelled the election declaring it null and void. However, the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the APC, Mr. Tunde Balogun opposed the NWC and declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner.
Balogun announced that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, polled 970,851 votes to defeat Akinwunmi Ambode who polled 72,901 votes. Speaking on the recent development, Senator Adeola warned APC that the same reason for which the Lagos Primaries was cancelled could also affect President Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence as its candidate from the primary conducted on September 25.
He argued that contrary to the statement by the NWC, the election was valid and according to the constitution. Sen. Adeola told Punch: “We did direct primary in Lagos State. There is nowhere our constitution says that ballot papers should be used. “Those saying that ballot papers should be used should remember that for the presidential primary, no ballot paper was used and it was successful. If they want to upturn the Lagos governorship primary, that means they want to upturn that of the President also.
“They have to respect the wishes of party members who trooped out in their thousands to exercise their right under the APC and Nigerian constitutions. “We have exercised our rights as party members to elect a governorship candidate and our wishes should be respected.”