By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The immediate-past Managing Director of Polaris Bank, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, and the Assistant State Secretary of the Lagos APC, Mr. Obafemi Saheed, have emerged as the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Lagos East Senatorial District and Kosofe State Constituency 2 bye-elections respectively.
At the primaries election conducted by affirmation, the Chief Returning Officer, Alhaji Ibrahim Masari, announced that Abiru recorded a total vote of 111,551 in five local governments of the senatorial district.
Masari added “We are here to affirm the nomination of our candidate in the person of Mr Tokunbo Abiru.
“As you all know,there was no contest, however; we have done the affirmation starting from the wards, local governments up to the senatorial level.
“The total number of accredited voters-111,551; total votes cast-111551;valid votes -111,551 and invalid votes- none. None because we did direct primary.
“This is to certify that Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, having scored the highest total number of votes, he is hereby declared winner and returned elected,” he said.
Saheed scored a total of 34,012 from the 6 wards that make up Kosofe 2 constituency.
Addressing journalists after the declaration of results at the Collation Centre in Somolu local government, the Lagos APC Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, commended the process, describing it as transparent and hitch-free.
“The successful adoption of the consensus approach during the primaries showed that the party operated based on understanding and discipline. The process has been thoroughly and meticulously done in line with the constitution of our party”, said Balogun.
Balogun stressed further, “In the constitution of APC ,we have the two options for selecting our candidates,which are consensus and contest, so, Lagos APC decided to use the consensus approach and that is proper and constitutional .
” We are happy with the outcome and the understanding of our members ; it all shows APC is a great party”, he said.
Balogun described Abiru as a formidable candidate ,saying the party had absolute confidence in him to win the election.
He said that the party would prepare well for the election to ensure emphatic victory.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had slated 31st October for the bye-election to fill the vacuum created following the death of Sen. Adebayo Osinowo (Lagos East) and Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe Constituency 2) at the Senate and Lagos State House of Assembly respectively.