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Just In: Lagos APC disassociates party from nomination form distribution

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

 

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.

APC further urged party faithful as well as Lagosians to disregard all information making the rounds on it, claiming that nothing of such event had taken place, appealing that they trust the APC’s internal system in matters of conducting primary elections in the country.
It’s disclosed that the party has not cleared both incumbent and new aspirants that participated during weekend council primary elections across 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos and that LASIEC cannot attend to any member of APC except there is clearance from the state chapter of the party.
 APC cleared the air through its spokesperson,  Seye Oladejo, who spoke exclusively to The Guild on Tuesday, said that the state chapter of APC had been alerted of news making the rounds that some numbers of aspirants were been invited by the party executives to pick nomination forms as cleared candidates that would represent Lagos chapter of APC at forthcoming council chairmanship and councillorship elections slated for July, saying but we want to appeal to party faithfuls and Lagosians to please disregard such information.
 Oladejo, who assured that the party would make the entire exercise public, appealed to APC members across the state to remain calm that the APC leadership of Lagos chapter was on top of the matter.

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.

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