Finally, NWC panel declares Sanwo-Olu APC Lagos guber candidate

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The controversy over the emergence of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is over.

The panel set up by the National Working Committee, NWC, led by Chief Clement Ebri, has approved of the Tuesday primary where Sanwo-Olu defeated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.

The Ebri-led panel had on Tuesday declared the primary election illegal, arguing that it did not follow the guidelines of the party.

It therefore promised to conduct a fresh one which would be credible.

However, despite the opposition, the chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the APC, Mr. Tunji Balogun, declared the result of the election and declared Sanwo-Olu, the candidate of the party.

He said Sanwo-Olu came victorious with 970,851 votes while Ambode polled 72,901 votes.

But in a sudden change of position, the Ebri-led panel agreed with the state chapter on the result, declaring him as the winner and candidate of the party.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Ebri said his panel upheld the result released by Balogun.

He therefore declared Sanwo-Olu as the candidate of the party in Lagos State.

The declaration marks the end of the controversy over the acceptability or otherwise of the primary conducted on Tuesday.