The Chairman of All Progressives Congress Lagos State chapter Tunde Balogun insisted that the election held across the 245 wards in the state, remain valid, it as free, fair and transparent. The result will soon be announced.
Speaking in Alausa, Ikeja, before the cancellation of the election, Balogun said bona fide members of the party were accredited between 9 am and 12 pm after which the voting started under the supervision of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“The results were signed by the agents of the two aspirants. The results were credible because INEC officials were there to witness the exercise; there was no violence,” he added.
Asked whether the NWC members were involved in the election, Balogun said he did not go round the wards, but he saw some observers apart from the agents and INEC officials.
He said, “The election was properly conducted; constitutionally done and we leave the rest for the people. The conduct of the election was seamless and there was no chaos.”
However, a member of the APC from Ward E, Bariga, Somolu Local Government Area, Oluwabunmi Adetola, said the exercise was marred with violence.
She said, “The council chairman went round with thugs. They beat up people; some of our people are in hospitals. They did not allow us to vote. Anybody that wanted to vote for Ambode was not allowed to vote. There was nothing like the election in Lagos.”
However, at a later press conference at the state APC secretariat in Ogba, Balogun said the governorship primary remained valid and the result would soon be announced.
Balogun said, “The primary election took place in all the wards – 245 wards in Lagos State – and it was peaceful; not a single case of violence was recorded.
“The election stands because it was conducted according to the constitution of our party. The results were recorded under INEC supervision.
“I am the APC chairman for Lagos and I can’t disenfranchise about 1.5 million people that took part in the exercise all over the state. It will be unfair, it will be unjust to do so.”
Asked when the results will be collated and announced, Balogun said, “The results are coming in.”