(By Chris K.Amadi)-Although many Lagosians and indeed observers of the unfolding political drama in Lagos State saw it coming, in spite of the desperate but belated moves by Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State and a handful of his supporters to change the narrative, the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress made a volt face by accepting the outcome of the Tuesday’s primary that gave the governorship ticket to Ambode’s challenger, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
It would be recalled that the governorship primary, which was conducted in the presence of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, had earlier been faulted by Governor Ambode over sundry allegations of disenfranchisement of his supporters, among others.
He had also lashed out on his opponent, Mr Sanwo-Olu, in a World Press Conference, screaming that he was unfit for the job, for allegedly being a criminal and also a psychiatric patient. Ambode even went further to subtly threaten his party of grave consequences should he be denied a second term ticket, but all these rather worsened his case.
He was accused by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of APC of not being a good party man despite doing well as governor of Lagos State. Lagosians also accused the outgoing governor of stepping on the toes of men and that of God, with his harsh policies and for humiliating an Anglican Priest who allegedly displeased his wife.
Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Lagos State APC Governorship Primary, Mr. Clement Ebri, upheld the result of the governorship primary which had been earlier released by the chairman of the APC in Lagos state, Alhaji Tunde Balogun.
Former governor Clement Ebri of Cross River State announced Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as winner of the exercise having polled 970,851 votes to defeat the outgoing Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode who scored 72,901 votes.
With this declaration, Sanwo-Olu, the choice of Lagos State APC will now face any challenger in the Lagos State governorship election from the other political parties in 2019.