The All Progressive Congress (APC), Lagos chapter has distanced its office from clearing and releasing nomination forms to any council chairmanship aspirant contrary to news in the public domain that selected numbers of incumbent chairmen were been invited to pick nomination forms from Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) on Monday evening.
He said: “We have not cleared any aspirants and no nomination form has been giving to anybody at the moment, Everyone should keep calm and wait that the entire exercise will be made public. We have not cleared any aspirants and no nomination form has been giving to anybody at the moment. Everyone should keep calm and wait that the entire exercise will be made public”.
But contrary to the claims by the party’s spokesman, pictorial evidence emanated with some of the aspirants seen holding and displaying LASIEC nomination forms with smiles to express their relief after the crisis that trailed the council primaries across Lagos.
Some party members alleged that aspirants, particularly those anointed by APC leaders, were been asked by a special electoral committee set up to conduct the polls had secretly contacted their candidates to come forward and receive their nomination forms as flagbearers ahead of the polls scheduled for July 24.
This development came amid series of petitions from aggrieved aspirants and supporters over reports of violence and electoral malpractices including non-availability of party register, that resulted in clashes across councils where the primaries were held in the state.