Lagos APC clears 12 governorship aspirants

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has cleared 12 aspirants ahead of the governorship primary which is set to hold on Thursday.

The aspirants were screened in Ikoyi for the party primary.

At the Ikoyi meeting, the party cleared the Commissioner for Works, Obafemi Hamzat, the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, a former Accountant-General of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and a former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Leke Pitan.

Other aspirants cleared are Mr. Tayo Ayinde, a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olasupo Shasore, a former Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Tola Kasali, and Mr. Adetokuno Wahab, among other aspirants.

Last week, some of the aspirants: Solomon, Pitan, Ikuforiji, Hamzat, Mr. Disu Adekunle and Tokunbo met behind closed doors in what Pitan claimed was an attempt to pick a consensus candidate.

However, it was learnt that the clearance of aspirants might have ruled out the possibility of presenting a consensus candidate.

It was also learnt that while Shasore purportedly has the backing of Governor Babatunde Fashola, Ambode is said to have the backing of a former state governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as well as the open support of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

However, Shasore may not find it easy as the party has zoned the governorship seat to the Lagos-East senatorial district while Shasore is from Lagos-Central. Ambode on the other hand, is from Epe in Lagos-East.

Also, sources said the party was looking at fielding a Christian candidate, a criterion Ambode, Shasore, Ayinde and Pitan have met.


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