The APC National Working Committee (NWC) panel overseeing the governorship primary election in Lagos state had a secret meeting with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday, October 1.
Report by TheCable says the Clement Ebri-led committee was “holed up” at their hotel till 1 pm on Tuesday while voting went on at the over 300 wards in Lagos, with results showing Jide Sanwo-Olu clearly in the lead.
However, Ebri later came out to disown the election, announcing that it was going to conduct a fresh primary, which Concise News had earlier reported.
According to the report, the panel — made up of Ebri, Ahmed Mahmud Gumel (secretary), Chidi Duru, Clever Egbeji, Clever Ikisikpo and Jerry Ugokwe — arrived Lagos on Monday and told the state chairman of APC, Tunde Balogun, that it wanted to meet with Ambode.
It was learned that the Lagos APC Chairman protested the request, pointing out that it was improper since Ambode was one of the aspirants in the election.
Speaking on the development, a senior party official told the online news medium: “The committee members insisted that they must see Ambode. Balogun took them to Alausa to see him. After the photo session, Ambode invited the committee members for a private meeting.
“Balogun followed them in, but Ambode asked him to excuse them because he wanted a private chat. Balogun then left. After about 30 minutes, the committee members came out and said the governor had arranged Protea Hotel in Ikeja for them. They rejected the hotel provided by the state chapter of APC.
“They then went to the hotel while some interesting bags followed them later. They stayed in that hotel with two members of the Ambode campaign team. They were there all through Monday night till 1 pm on Tuesday after party members had voted.”
Concise News had reported that the committee later addressed the media late Tuesday afternoon to deny knowledge of the primary that was held.
The committee chairman said the primary would start any moment “from now”, although he also said he was waiting for further instructions from the national headquarters.
The Lagos governor has fallen out of favour with his godfather, Bola Tinubu, who has openly endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Meanwhile, at the time of this report, Ambode had yet to react to this development.