By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The race to the Lagos State House Of Assembly by aspirants under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Bye Election in Kosofe Constituency 2 has taken a new dimension as all efforts by the party’s leaders and elders in the constituency and the state to pick a consensus candidate have failed.
WESTERNPOST gathered that the leadership of the party summoned the leading aspirants to a meeting on Saturday and told them to stepdown for each other so as to have a consensus candidate who would face any candidate push forward by the major opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in October 31st.
It was learnt that aspirants who rolled out their manifestoes and why they should be single handedly picked by the leaders of the party failed to agree on who should fly the party’s flag. The aspirants were said to have argued that they had all laboured for the growth and development of the party in one way or the other and so it would be disservice to give up at this essential period.
One of the leaders who spoke with WESTERNPOST on a condition of anonymity, disclosed that the party may end up settle for the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party and a leading aspirant, Hon. Abiodun Musiliu Salami, as its candidate considering his long years of service to the party in the constituency and the state at large.
” The outcome of the meeting we had at the leadership level before we summon the aspirants was that the Assistant Publicity Secretary of our party at the State level, Abiodun Salami, should fly the party’s flag having considered his sterling records and excellent performance at that level.
” All the Council Chairmen, Omooba Sosanya, Commissioner Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, State Assembly Member, Hon Ganiyu Okanlawon (kosofe Const1) , Alhaja Kafilat Ogbara, Pa Steven Oyedele, and former Hon Commissioner Bosun Jeje are strongly for Salami candidacy”, said the Leader.
” The leaders met with the aspirants and none was willing to step down for each other making it imminent that the aspirants will have to face the party primaries as spelt out in the party constitution.
” The leaders and the party are still hopeful that some aspirants will step down before the primaries as consultation continues”, said the Leader.
It is important to point that there are almost 10 aspirants under the ruling APC jostling for the party’s ticket to contest the Kosofe Constituency 2 bye election which would take place on the 31st of October to replace the late Hon. Tunde Braimoh who died few months ago.
The leading aspirants among them are; Hon Abiodun Musiliu Salami, Femi Saheed , Hon Abiodun Akhigbe and Yakub balogun.