Wide Margin As Sanwo-Olu Wins Lagos APC Primary Election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has declared Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu the winner of the primary election held on Tuesday to pick who will fly the party's flag in the 2019 governorship election.
Sanwo-Olu defeated the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, with over 897,950 votes.
The result of the election was announce at the secretariat of the APC in Acme Road, Ikeja, by the Chairman of the APC in Lagos, Mr Tunde Balogun.
The winner of the election polled 970,851 while Governor Ambode could only muster 72,901 votes.
Results were announced despite the declaration of the election as illegal by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ACP.
The NWC had said that materials used in the election were fake.
Announcing the result, the Chairman of the APC in Lagos said: "The people assembled in 245 wards throughout the state to peacefully select our standard bearer for the 2019 gubernatorial election in Lagos.
"Demonstrating their commitment to democracy and to the party, they voted in large number and did so with enthusiasm and purpose.
"To be clear, an APC primary election was held in Lagos state today, 2nd October 2018. Our primary was held in accordance with the party's constitution.
"Pursuant to that constitution, we decided that this primary will be conducted by direct-open system where each voter queued behind his or her preferred candidate.
"Not only is this option approved by our party's rules, it is the option that is more favoured by the people and by those who favour transparency and openness.
"Indeed, this option was used in the just concluded presidential primary.
"The unprecedented number of APC members have not exercised their democratic right and expressed their democratic will.
"There have been no significant or material complain of intimidation or irregularity in the conduct of the election.
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"By all account, the exercise was credible open and honest.
"The people have now rendered their decision and there is no reason to cast aside the sovereign will of the people".
Unlike what the electoral body does while announcing results, the APC Chairman did not give the breakdown of the number of votes in each of the local government.
What tomorrow holds is what is not clear, as the announcement may have undermined the verdict of the NWC on the issue and have now pitched Lagos APC against the national body.
However, the trials of Mr Ambode, who has now lost the primary election in the state, have been linked to the national leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu.
He has denied any personal interest on the matter, insisting that it was the decision of the part that he had to align with.
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