Primary: Lagos APC declares Sanwo-Olu winner, despite opposition by NWC panel

Primary: Lagos APC declares Sanwo-Olu winner, despite opposition by NWC panel

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos has declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the governorship candidate of the party for the 2019 general election.

This is despite the declaration that the primary which produced Sanwo-Olu as the candidate on Tuesday was declared null and void by the panel set up by the National Working Committee of the APC to oversee the exercise in view of the controversy surrounding it.

The two contestants are incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the Sanwo-Olu who enjoys the support of the party leadership including the national chairman of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The chairman of the party in Lagos, Mr. Tunji Balogun, declared Sanwo-Olu as the candidate at the secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba, Lagos.

He said Sanwo-Olu recorded 970,851 votes while Ambode polled 72,901 votes.

It would be recalled that the Clement Ebri-led panel set up by the NWC had declared that it would conduct a credible exercise as directed by the national headquarters of the party.

Ebri who spoke on Tuesday in Lagos said the election conducted earlier was illegal because it was not in compliance with “the guidelines, the extant rules and the laws of the country.”

According to him, there were ongoing plans to conduct a fresh one which would be credible.