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Live updates: Sanwo-Olu, Ambode in final battle for APC ticket as party members troop out to vote

Live updates: Sanwo-Olu, Ambode in final battle for APC ticket as party members troop out to vote

48 hours after Akinwunmi Ambode held a press conference telling residents of Lagos why he is the best aspirant for the ticket of All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2019, the governor is now slugging it out with Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the party’s primaries.

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4.10pm: The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has cancelled the APC primary election in Lagos state.

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2.09pm: More results trickle in from the fields.

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1.48pm: The full result from Agege local government shows that Sanwo-Olu has won the primaries of the party in the area with registered membership of 59,780. The accredited figure was given as 10,796 and Sanwo-Olu got 10,329 while Ambode scored 149

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1.34pm: Loyalists of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode are said to be threatening to conduct a parallel primary election after alleging disenfranchisement in the exercise to get the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across Lagos state.

Premium Times quotes Fouad Oki, a factional leader of APC in Lagos, as saying: “Go to Alimosho now, people are not being allowed to vote because they have no electronic card. Our demand has been that the party’s register must be used and any member who has the registration slip should be allowed to take part in the primaries.

“According to Tunde Balogun and his benefactor, I should not be allowed to vote because I am not issued with the plastic card. Just as it is in Delta where Pat Utomi withdrew from the race because the party’s register is compromised.

“Let me tell you what you will see today, and take it from me, you will see a situation where there will be parallel primaries in Lagos. Take it from me.

“Because those with genuine membership ID would not be allowed to be disenfranchised. That would either result in violence or they choose to do what we did in May when we conducted parallel congresses.”

READ ALSO: Hoodlums reportedly invade Abesan polling unit in Lagos

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1.25pm: The deputy governor of Lagos, Idiat Adebule, announced she is voting for Babajide Sanwo-Olu since he is the choice of the APC. The deputy governor says she remains with the people of her area and the party.

Voting at Ward A and D, in Iba local council development area of Lagos, she said: “The party has chosen a man and it is that man that I will support and follow.”

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12.59: The voting process of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary was disrupted for a while at Ward G north, Abesan, in Alimosho local government area as thugs chased away members of the party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the thugs numbering about 15 invaded the Abesan High School, venue of the exercise at 9.45am on Monday, flogging members, preventing them from getting accredited.

The motive of the hoodlums, as well as their sponsors, could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

Some policemen at the venue later responded to the situation by arresting some of the hoodlums and restoring normalcy.

NAN, however, observed that there was a large turnout of party members waiting to cast their votes for either Governor Akinwunmi Ambode or Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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12.22pm: Sanwo-Olu votes in Lagos Island. He says the election is not about a few people but the entire members of the party in the state. He also expresses optimism that the exercise would be successful and peaceful.

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12:06: Bola Tinubu arrives Alausa ward c to cast his votes. Tinubu declared: "I borught Ambode to the people. He was a civil servant under me. He performed well as a civil servant.

"After courses at Havard, I introduced him to the people and they accepted. So if the people say they do not want you anymore, so be it."

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11.59am: Bola Tinubu says this is what democracy is about. "This is democracy and we are trying to show the world what democracy is about. You can see the party faithful. We can't buy all of them."

He said this is what the party members want. "They want openness and want to partake in electing the people who govern them," he said.

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11.57am: Early unconfirmed result from the Ward F in Ifako/Ijaiye shows that Sanwo-Olu led with 3020 while Ambode scored zero.

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READ ALSO: Lagos primary: Sanwo-Olu in early lead as unofficial results trickle in

11.52am: Early results from the Ward E2 of Alimosho local government, where Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu scored 9,860 votes while Akinwunmi Ambode scored 20 votes.

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11.35am: Early results reported from the Alausa area, the seat of power in Ikeja, show that Babajide Sanwo-Olu has defeated Governor Ambode. At the ward C area of the Alausa, Olanrewaju Yahaya, the electoral officer, announced that Sanwo-Olu polled 960 votes against Ambode who secured just four votes.

Ward C is where Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, is registered.

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11am: Security operatives take over major positions in Lagos state where the primary elections are to hold.

At the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Agbado Oke-Odo local council development authority, heavily armed security men were positioned as members turned out to vote between Ambode and Sanwo-Olu.

Reports say as early as 7am, members of the party had trooped into the Ekoro road area of the LCDA.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Babajide Sanwo-Olu defeated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at ward C, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, October 2.

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