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Ambode Must Face Sanwo-Olu In Direct Primary - Lagos APC

The Gubernatorial Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said there is no going back on the proposed direct primary for governorship aspirants.

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The party elders said the three aspirants - Akinwunmi Ambode, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat-will struggle for the ticket at the shadow poll scheduled for Saturday.

All the grassroots units of the party have endorsed Sanwo-Olu.

According to GAC, the direct primary will remove the fear of imposition and restore confidence in the democratic selection process. There will be no preferred or anointed candidate.

The committee, which is made up of party elders and leaders from the three senatorial districts, said the decision on the direct primary is final, urging the contenders to brace for the exercise.

They emphasised that the resolution on the proposed direct primary was the collective decision of all members of the apex advisory body.

One of the committee leaders said; “The decision was taken in our meeting. We had a lengthy meeting presided over by our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and we had some discussions about the on-going concerns about the aspiration for governor in Lagos State APC.

“After due and lengthy deliberations, we came to the conclusion that we should follow democratic norm and open the field for those who are interested. Three people obtained forms, filled and submitted the nomination forms and they should be prepared to participate in the direct primary of September 29.

“The decision was taken primarily to ensure that nobody is played out. Nobody is being adopted by anybody. Aspirants are free to go and contest in the direct primary. The party will guarantee a level playing field for aspirants. No special advantage will be conferred on anybody. A machinery has been set up by the GAC to ensure free and fair primary.”

He insisted the decision on the direct primary is final.