- Despite losing the APC House of Reps primary, Ibrahim Obanikoro has emerged as the party's candidate for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in Lagos
- This is as the winner of the election, Oyekanmi Elegushi, has relinquished the party's ticket for Obanikoro
- Elegushi made his decision known in a letter he wrote to the national chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, on Tuesday, June 14
In obedience and loyalty to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the candidate for the House of Representatives in Eti-Osa federal constituency, Oyekanmi Elegushi, has stepped down for Ibrahim Obanikoro.
Elegushi who emerged as the winner of the APC primary election for Eti-Osa federal constituency polled 25 votes, while Ibrahim, the son of Musiliu Obanikoro, claimed 23 votes.
The APC candidate for the office, through the director of media of his campaign organisation, Tobi Etti, made the decision officially known to the party's national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu.
Etti, in the statement conveying the resolve, said:
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“While pledging his loyalty to the party, he (Elegushi) appealed to his supporters to respect the decision of the party and ensure all the candidates of the party are returned elected in the 2023 elections."
Musiliu Obanikoro, son fail to secure National Assembly ticket
The former minister lost to the former deputy governor of Lagos state, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule.
Obanikoro suffered the loss 24 hours after Babajide, his son, lost his reelection ticket to the House of Representatives.
The younger brother of Oba Saheed Elegushi defeated Obanikoro’s son in the APC primary for Eti-Osa federal constituency.
In Saturday’s election Adebule, who served as deputy governor under the immediate past administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, polled 424 votes while Obanikoro trailed with 119 votes.
A former commissioner for transportation in the state, Mr. Kayode Opeifa came a distant third with four votes.
Adebule's victory excites group
A group for gender parity and positive political change in Lagos state, The Transformation Ambassadors (TTA) has described the victory of the former Lagos state deputy governor as evidence of internal democracy in the state chapter of the APC.