By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Hon. Seye Oladejo, has said that the party was yet to ratify the candidacy of the former Managing Director of Polaris Bank , Mr Tokunbo Abiru, as its consensus candidate for the bye-election slated for 31st October, 2020.
Oladejo, who made this known to WESTERNPOST in a phone interview, said that candidate of the party could not emerge before the primaries on Thursday, saying that the information making the rounds was untrue.
” APC is yet to ratify Mr Tokunbo Abiru as the party’s candidate. A candidate cannot emerge before a primary election. Some people wants to jump the gun”, said Oladejo.
Meanwhile, the party’s state Assistant Publicity Secretary, Hon. Abiodun Salami, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos, said that the choice of Abiru was agreed upon by party elders, including the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Salami said that the choice of Abiru, who recently stepped down as CEO of Polaris Bank, was agreed upon by party elders, including the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Salami said Abiru had been successfully screened at the party secretariat, adding that all the other aspirants had stepped down for him in agreement with the party.
He said: “Mr. Abiru is the consensus candidate of the party. “It is confirmed.
“The elders, under the platform of Governor’s Advisory Council, met and consulted widely and they resolved on the choice of Abiru as the consensus candidate.
“The choice has been endorsed by the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“All the other aspirants have stepped down in agreement.
“It was an unanimous decision.”
Salami said the party would, notwithstanding, still follow the process of affirmation to validate the choice of Abiru as the APC flag bearer for Lagos East Senatorial District.
On Kosofe 2 State Constituency bye-election, which will also hold on October 31, Salami said the party’s candidate would soon emerge.
He said a lot of work was going on to produce an acceptable flag bearer for the state constituency election.
Salami described the APC as the party of the people, saying it will win both the senatorial and state constituency bye-elections.
Recalled that the Lagos East Senatorial District became vacant following the death of Senator Bayo Osinowo, representing the area, on June 15.
The Independent National Electoral Commission also declared the Kosofe 2 State Constituency seat vacant following the death of Tunde Braimoh, lawmaker representing the area, on July 10.