- APC has picked Tokunbo Abiru as its candidate for Lagos East senatorial by-election
- The seat became vacant after the demise of Adebayo Osinowo
- Abiru was nominated by about 1,200 delegates on Thursday, September 3, in Ikorodu
Ahead of the by-election to fill the vacant Lagos East senatorial seat following the death of Adebayo Osinowo, the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates on Thursday, September 3, in Ikorodu nominated Tokunbo Abiru as its candidate for the election.
The Nation reports that Osinowo, until his death, represented the people of the senatorial district in the red chamber of the National Assembly.
Legit.ng gathered that the upcoming by-election is scheduled to hold on October 31.
The report said that no fewer than 1,200 delegates were accredited in both ward A4 and ward C4, adding that Abiru of ward A4 ran unopposed in the primaries as the only candidate cleared by the National Working Committee of the APC.
The majority leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Sanai Agunbiade, commended party leaders and members for their support and urged them to come out in their large numbers to vote during the by-election.
“Today is a memorable day in the sense that the party invited people to show interest in contesting for the east senatorial district as a result of the demise of Senator Osinowo.
“After the close of interest only Tokunbo Abiru filed his paper and was screened, so he became the sole candidate. So the people of Ikorodu affirmed his acceptance as the only candidate that has shown interest and we are solidly behind him.
“As you can see more than 1,200 delegates were accredited and more than 1,028 voted. That is how it will be in all the 19 wards in Ikorodu and 98 wards in Lagos East Senatorial district,” he said.
A former secretary to Lagos state government, Princess Adenrele Ogunsaya, urged members to work harmoniously in ensuring APC candidate won the senatorial seat during the upcoming election.
“This is a time when every member should work together, shield their swords, and forget about any differences so that our candidates can win the East Senatorial district by-election.
“For us in Ikorodu, we are extremely happy we have a candidate who is an indigene and we expect him to deliver on his promises to us and all the East Senatorial district. I am sure he will perform well,” she said.
In his response, Abiru appreciated the exco and members of his party who came out in their numbers, his family, members of his ward, and promised to deliver all his promises to the East Senatorial district if given the mandate.
Abiru urged members of the party to join hands, come out in their thousands to vote during the upcoming Senatorial by-election and promised to work within the tenets of the party ideals.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Lagos state chapter of the APC denied picking consensus candidates for the Lagos East senatorial and Kosofe Constituency 2 House of Assembly by-elections.
It was reported that this was disclosed in a statement by the state publicity secretary, Seye Oladejo.
Oladejo urged the public to wait for the outcome of the primaries which will be held on Thursday, September 3.
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