- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has urged the panel appointed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC to conduct free and fair governorship primaries in the state
- Ambode noted that the panel in its conduct of tomorrow’s primaries will go a long way to determine the future of Nigeria and the greatness of Lagos in particular
- The Lago state governor said he had no doubt that the panel would live up to expectation and deliver a credible process
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday, October 1, urged the panel appointed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct the Governorship Primaries in the state to ensure a level playing field for all aspirants in the contest.
Ambode spoke when he received members of the panel led by its Chairman, Ebri, at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja. He said it was important that the election when conducted, is seen to be free, fair and credible to all aspirants concerned.
He added that it was only in such situation that democracy, which the party upholds was entrenched.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the panel include Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel as Secretary; Mr Nze Chidi Duru; Chief Clever Egbeji, Sen. Clever Ikisikpo and Ambassador Jerry Ugokwe.
Expressing confidence in the selection of members of the panel, Ambode said he had no doubt that the panel would live up to expectation and deliver a credible process.
According to him, the panel will go a long way to determine the future of Nigeria and the greatness of Lagos in particular.
“This is a very star studded election team, they are distinguished Nigerians in their individual and collective rights.
“There cannot be any better collection of a team to any state election monitoring in this country than the distinguished personalities brought to Lagos and it only shows us the importance that the national chairman of our great party attaches to what is happening in Lagos.
“I must tell you that what you have taken up, may look like a political assignment, but history is on your side that at this very moment in the annals of the history of this country.
“Today marking our 58th Independence anniversary celebration, you are being called upon to discharge a selfless service.
“That will determine the future of this country and the greatness of this particular state.
“I receive this election team as being acceptable and credible to me enough to discharge their civic responsibility to the best of their abilities and to also to say that whatever it is that is the outcome of the primaries, your presence has also shown that this will be credible and this will be acceptable to me,” he said.
Ambode recalled that he had gone through the same process with 12 other aspirants to emerge as governorship candidate of the APC in 2014.
He said that it was not out of place to have other aspirants contest for the same ticket this time, however, the eventual process of choosing who flies the party’s flag must be seen to be fair to all concerned.
“So, it is very clear to me, all I seek is credible primaries, transparent primaries and level playing ground that we will all be proud of at the end of the day for the outcome.
“There were issues that we have raised that we are also trying to correct.
“The bottom line is this, we are family, we must not go into the elections divided because this is the very first time that our party is controlling the centre and also the state, that is what I want us to continue.
“The issues that I raise have been put in form of a letter which I will pass to the chairman and I believe the committee will look into it judiciously.
“And also I welcome the stakeholders meeting which will allow you feel the pulse of what is going on in the state,” Ambode said.
He also urged the panel to use its prerogative to decide the best possible time for the primaries election and make a public announcement on the time, date and venues of the exercise to enable members of the party partake in the process.
Earlier, Ebri said the panel deemed it fit to pay a courtesy visit to the governor as the number one citizen in the state and to also intimate him on the process for the conduct of the primaries.
Ebri, a former governor of Cross River, assured the governor that he and his team were ready for the task ahead and would do everything possible to ensure that the process is seen to be free, fair and credible.
He said the stakeholders’ meeting fixed for Monday evening at the party secretariat on Acme Road was to enable aspirants and other concerned stakeholders voice their opinion concerning the primaries in accordance with the democratic principles of the party.
Ebri said the meeting would afford the panel to look at the possibility of conducting the primaries at the most convenient time and where there are still grey areas.
He also sought the governor’s assistance in ensuring the safety and security of members of the panel, a request Ambode granted, assuring the team that adequate security would be provided to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
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Legit.ng previously reported that some member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Bola Ahmed Tinubu have reportedly asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state to drop his reelection bid or face impeachment.
A party source who demanded not to be named, reports that the Lagos state governor is being harassed and intimidated by Tinubu’s political followers to drop his second term ambition
“They are threatening to impeach him should he refused to bow to their demand to withdraw. The incumbent governor, who is traditionally entitled to another term is being harassed and intimidated by Tinubu’s political machine to withdraw for their new man, even though the governor had agreed to subject himself to primary.” the anonymous source said.
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