In what has since become the most interesting of the Senatorial Primaries in Lagos State, both top contenders to be the flag bearers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos East Senatorial District have laid claim to victory at the recently concluded exercise.
Senator Gbenga Ashafa the incumbent who as at the time of the primaries/affirmation exercise was the only candidate cleared to contest the election on the party alongside the other incumbent Senators from Lagos Central and West in the persons of Oluremi Tinubu and Solomon Olamilekan respectively, has insisted that being the only recognized candidate, he was going into the elections unopposed.
However, a report has been making the rounds across a few media houses, alleging the announcement of Honorable Bayo Oshinowo as the winner of the Lagos East senatorial election. This unconfirmed report has caused palpable tension within the district due to the failure of the party to make an official statement on the matter.
Speaking to one of the officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja who pleaded anonymity on the unfolding event, the said party official stated that “There is no way results of an election would have been announced if what took place was an affirmation. Furthermore, it would be juvenile to declare an individual, who did not scale through the screening process of the party the winner of an election he was not qualified for.”
As at the time of filing this report none of the spokes persons of both camps could be reached as interested Nigerians now look forward to the National Working Committee’s decision on the matter.