…APC may not hold primaries
By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State may soon unveil Mr. Femi Saheed as the party’s candidate for the Kosofe Constituency 2 bye-election slated to hold on 31st of October as Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and party leaders in the area have finally settled for his candidacy, WESTERN POST can authoritatively report.
The GAC is the highest decision-making body of the Lagos APC whose decisions are often backed by the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is the Chairman.
It was gathered that the GAC at a meeting on Friday at the old State House Marina initially settled for two of the aspirants before a majority of the elders settled for Saheed after a serious probing into all aspirants profiles, service to the party and contributions to the constituency.
WESTERN POST learned Saheed’s choice has also received the nod of Asiwaju Tinubu who has reached out to the leaders and party hierarchy in Kosofe Constituency 2 on his candidacy.
A reliable source said the party may end up not conducting primaries any longer.
He said the announcement of Saheed’s candidacy may be made by this week, saying it is unlikely that any of the aspirants will contest the decision of the party elders.
“The GAC has settled for Femi Saheed and Asiwaju Tinubu has given his nod to their decision. In the APC, we all know that once the GAC takes a decision and the decision is backed by the National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, it is final and binding on all.
“Femi Saheed will be announced this week and other aspirants are expected to work with him as the party’s candidate for the seat. It is expected that all aspirants will follow the decision of the party as the party is supreme and its decision final,” the source added.
No fewer than 10 aspirants had shown interest within the APC to replace the late lawmaker representing Kosofe 2 Constituency, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, who died a few months ago from complications arising from COVID-19.
The leading aspirants among them are Hon. Abiodun Musiliu Salami, Saheed, Hon. Abiodun Aikigbe, Yakub Balogun, Gbenga Osobu and Omooba Oyediran.
As it is, Saheed is expected to do battle with other candidates of the opposition parties in the bye-election slated for October 31st.