The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Primary Election Panel, Clement Ebiri has dramatically reneged on his earlier assertion that the Lagos gubernatorial primary is yet to hold despite the exercise taking place yesterday (Tuesday) morning.
In a press conference Tuesday evening, Ebiri abruptly reversed himself and announced Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the primary elections held earlier in the state.
Recall that Ebiri had initially said he was not aware any primary was held as all election materials brought from Abuja were still intact, but in a dramatic twist of events, he bowed to pressure from anxious allies and party chieftains alike.
Meanwhile, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has stalled on conceding defeat as according to his group statement, the primary election is yet to hold in Lagos State as the proper guidelines have not been followed.
The statement read in part: “These include the usage of membership slips and membership cards by registered party members, as well as the adoption of secret ballot system which protects the electorate.
“The NWC came from Abuja with sufficient ballot papers which have yet to be distributed. As a loyal and responsible party member and a Democrat, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is guided by the process announced by the party and shall await the new date of the governorship primary election.”