Amid the news flying around that the All Progressives Congress (APC) are trying to field another candidate for Lagos state governorship, the ruling party clears the are air that no aspirant has been adopted for the 2019 elections.
In a recent interview with NAN, the Chairman of the chapter’s Elders’ Forum, Tajudeen Olusi made the effort to explain what really is going on.
Reacting to media reports that the chapter had adopted an Aspirant, Jide Sanwoolu, the incumbent Managing Director of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC), as its Governorship Candidate, he said that decision has not been concluded.
He said the party could not have resolved to hold a Primary when it had adopted an aspirant.
“All these things are speculations. They are not true, How can we plan to hold a Primary to elect our candidates and then adopt somebody?
“If we are still going to hold our Primary, why then should we adopt, or does the adoption cancel the Primary? No.
“This is the political season, all interesting things happen, but I can tell you most of the things that have been reported on the matter are mere speculations and not facts. Nobody has directed any adoption,” he said.
Olusi, while referring to the video, said it was normal for individuals or groups to back or endorse Aspirants ahead of any election.
He, however, said such endorsements should not be taken to be the position of the party.
Olusi said the determination of who would become the governorship candidate of the party would only be done at the Primary.
He described the APC as a democratic party, saying all aspirants would be allowed a level-playing field.
On the feasibility of holding a Direct Primary at the chapter in view of the large numbers of party members, Olusi said there was no cause for alarm.
He said the right preparations were being done, expressing optimism that everything would go well during the exercise.
Olusi said he would not comment on the controversies emanating from adopting different modes of Primary in some APC state chapters.
“Honestly, I do not want to comment on that. However, we are a growing democracy and we learn everyday,’’ he said
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