Electoral Committee, Lagos APC Meet, Disagree On Primary Pattern
Akinwunmi Ambode

The Electoral Committee of the Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary and stakeholders in the state chapter have refused to agree on the pattern to adopt for the election on Tuesday (today).

The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, made the disclosure to newsmen on Monday.

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Information has it that the Chairman of the electoral committee, Clement Ebiri, led his team to the meeting which was also attended by the Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the state party chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun and other party officials.

Obasa said that the disagreement stemmed from the insistence that the committee wanted the use of ballot papers for the primary as against the choice of open direct primary by the state stakeholders.

He said stakeholders in the state rejected the use of ballot papers, saying that members were not trained on its use before the election.

Obasa said since the open direct primary system, which allows members to queue behind their preferred aspirants, was successfully used in the presidential primary in the state, it would also be suitable for the governorship primary.

He said, “The meeting was held between members of the state House of Assembly and other stakeholders with the committee, and we were briefed about the coming primaries in the state.

Asked if both parties would agree before the primary, the speaker said he was not sure.

He, however, expressed optimism that the primary would hold as scheduled.