A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akintunde Fadayomi, on Saturday expressed the optimism that the APC would win the December 3 Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency bye-election in Lagos.

Fadayomi, the Chairman of APC in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area, told the newsmen in Lagos that the APC had been able to sell itself adequately to the members of the constituency.

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According to him, the party is fully on ground and also admired by most of the residents.

“Even if all opposition parties form an alliance, we are still going to defeat them.

“We will work hard to put our new candidate in the position formerly occupied by our member, late Elijah Adewale,” he said.

Unity in APC

The chairman said that the party would unite all its members. He said this include those who might feel unhappy about the outcome of the party’s primary election held on Friday.

Fadayomi urged the party members to leave their differences behind and work together for the party’s victory.

Nurudeen Akinwunmi on Friday defeated Adisa Owolabi to emerge the winner of the APC primary election for the bye-election.

The Chairman of the APC Primary Election Organising Committee, Ismael Ahmed, said that Akinwunmi polled 219 votes to defeat Owolabi who secured 166 votes.

According to him, APC screened 392 delegates for the poll from the 11 wards that makes up the federal constituency.

He said that the total number of votes cast was 388, out of which 385 were valid and three invalid.

An official of INEC in the state, Bose Oluwatomisin, described the primaries as free and fair. She also said the atmosphere was peaceful.

“There was internal democracy. The election was devoid of  rancor, though there is always room for improvement,” said the INEC official.

Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency in the House of Representatives, died in Abuja on July 20. As a result, INEC has fixed December 3 for the bye-election into the vacant seat.