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APC Guber Primaries Heats Up

APC Guber Primaries Heats Up

Ahead of the December 3 gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, aspirants hoping to clinch the ticket are stepping up their campaign to woo delegates.

With the decision of the party hierarchy to allow for free and fair primaries, aspirants are out to test their popularity in the race, which has no fewer than 10 aspirants.

Some of the aspirants include former Accountant-General of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Obafemi Hamzat, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, serving senator, Ganiyu Solomon, and former Commissioner for Health, Leke Pitan.

Others are former Attorney-General of the state, Supo Sasore, former Commissioner for Special Duties, Tola Kasali, Tayo Ayinde, Tokunbo Wahab and Adetokunbo Tobun-Agbesanwa, the only female aspirant in the race.

It had been alleged before now that Ambode was the ‘anointed’ candidate of the APC to fly the party’s flag in the February 28 governorship election, but this did not go down well with other aspirants and their supporters who threatened to embark on protests.

There were also indications last week that Sasore, who recently declared his intention to run for the election, may spring a surprise at the primary. Sasore is alleged to have the backing of Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola.

Solomon’s bid has also received a boost as two aspirants stepped down for him to emerge as consensus candidate from Ikorodu Division.

Solomon is banking on his grassroots popularity to clinch the ticket.

Hamzat, on his part, is said to be relying on his experience, which has seen him work closely with former governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as well as Fashola.

Meanwhile, the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) upstaging the APC in Lagos in the governorship election took a dip on Saturday as six stalwarts of the party defected to the APC with thousands of their supporters.

Among them are former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Rafiu Jafojo, and former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in the state, Abayomi Finnih, as well as Tunde Daramola, a former financial secretary of the PDP in the state, Mrs. Oluwole, Alhaji Okanlawon and Segun Adeyemi.

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