by Simon Ateba
The result of the governorship primary election for aspirants under the All Progressives Congress, APC, taking place tomorrow in Lagos is already known, Akinwunmi Ambode alleged on Wednesday even as council managers are said to have been ordered to contribute
N2 million each.
Reliable sources told us that the council managers were ordered by Ademorin Kuye, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to withdraw
N2 million each from their accounts and take the money to him before 4pm on Wednesday to prosecute tomorrow’s predetermined election.
With 57 councils in Lagos, Kuye was expected to receive
N114 million before 4 pm on Wednesday.
Before the latest alleged financial misconduct and attempted bribe by a diminishing godfather, Ambode had told other aspirants on Wednesday that the result of tomorrow’s election was already known.
Ambode, who is believed to have been endorsed by APC Godfather, Bola Tinubu, told other aspirants when they all met with the chairman of the Primary Election Organising committee that the end result is already known. He said this at exactly 2:20pm today.
Ambode who came late to the meeting met other aspirants arguing that to go ahead with tomorrow’s primary election would be illegal and could be annulled by the courts.
For one, the other aspirants said, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, only recognises 20 Councils in Lagos whereas the delegates chosen by a section of the party to elect tomorrow’s governorship candidate for the APC would come from 57 councils recognised only by the Lagos State Government.
Also, while INEC recognises only 245 wards in Lagos, the State Government recognises 377.
Officially, they said, delegates to elect tomorrow’s candidate should come from the 20 councils and 245 wards recognised by INEC.
With 26 delegates per council and 12 per wards, they argued that APC should allow only 3460 delegates to vote tomorrow to avoid challenges in the future.
The APC has chosen 26 delegates for each of its recognised 57 councils and 12 delegates for each of its 377 wards, making a total of 6006 delegates to choose the governorship candidate. The aspirants were urging the party to stick to 4000 delegates instead of 6000 when Ambode arrived the meeting.
Ambode told them, ”whether 4,000 or 6,000 delegates vote on Thursday, the end result is already known.”
Some aspirants protested and urged him to explain what he meant but Ambode tried to correct himself by claiming that he did not say so.
But it was already late, the chairman of the primary election organising committee had heard him well. Ambode’s latest Freudian slip comes even as other aspirants have called for a level playing field and urged Bola Tinubu not to try to impose anyone.