GovernorAmbode Disgraced Out Of Lagos State Government House, As Adams Oshiomhole Endorses The Final Results
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has endorsed the results of the Lagos State Governorship primary, with Babajide Sanwoolu emerging victorious, over the incumbent embattled Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The exercise was held in 245 Wards spread across the 20 Local Governments of Lagos State, on Tuesday.
The endorsement came following its cancellation by the Chief Clement Ebri-led Electoral Panel, set up by the National Working Committee, NWC, to supervise the poll.
Ebri had told a Press Conference, in Lagos State, that his Committee was unaware of the primary conducted by the State Working Committee, SWC, because it did not follow the Committee’s guidelines. He, therefore, cancelled it and ordered a fresh exercise for today.
However, the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, overruled the Ebri Committee and ordered it to collate the results of the poll and declare it immediately.
Oshiomhole revealed that it was wrong for the Committee to annul an election that had been held, saying that, the proper thing to do was for the results to be declared, and whoever was dissatisfied should complain.
“The election has been held, anyone who is aggrieved should complain after the declaration of results”, he stated, saying that the Committee clearly overreached its brief.
According to the National Chairman, the Committee’s brief was to supervise and not conduct the election, explaining that it was practically impossible for a Panel of seven or so, to conduct and micro manage an election held in 245 Wards of 20 Local Government Areas of the State.
Oshiomhole directed Ebri to collate and release the results of the poll with immediate effect.
It was gathered further, that the NWC was unhappy that the Ebri Panel used its name to annul the primary, when in fact it was in a meeting when the primary was going on.
As far as most members were concerned, said a source, the NWC was of the view that the election had held and its results must be declared.
Following this development, it was learnt that the Ebri Committee would adopt the results announced on Tuesday night, by the State Chairman of the party, Babatunde Balogun.
Gistcribng.com reported that Balogun had announced Sanwoolu as the winner of the primary, at the State Party Secretariat, Ogba, Ikeja, declaring that he polled 970,851 votes, to defeat Ambode, who polled 72,901 votes.
After declaring the results, Balogun commended the party members for coming out in good numbers “to participate in the primary, saying that, their participation reflected their belief in democracy.
He said: “I am aware that conflicting information has been circulating on our primary election, but I must tell you that the election was held, and it was free and fair.
It would be very painful to disenfranchise the over 1.5 million members who voted across the 245 Wards in the state.
“At the end of the exercise, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu polled 970,851 votes, and Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode scored 72,901 votes.
With this, Mr. Babajide is declared winner. I thank party members for participating in the election, and their dedication to democracy.”
Ebri and his fellow panellists, including Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel (Secretary), Mr. Nze Chidi Duru, Chief Clever Egbeji, Senator Clever Ikisikpo, and Mr. Jerry Ugokwe, are expected to declare the results today, being Wednesday.