Lagos By-election: PDP Settles For Bank MD In Dilemma As APC

Lagos By-election: PDP Settles For Bank MD In Dilemma As APCLagos By-election: PDP Settles For Bank MD In Dilemma As APC

The Lagos State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly in a dispute over the selection of its nominee in advance of the state’s October 31 Lagos East senatorial district election.
This is because the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) appears to have settled for Polaris Bank’s outgoing Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, Tokunbo Abiru, as its vacant senatorial seat candidate.

After the death of Senator Bayo Osinowo aka Pepperito who died June 15, the position became vacant. Recently, the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) declared a schedule for by-elections affecting 12 constituencies across eight states in both federal and state legislatures, including Lagos East and Kosofe State constituency II.

The vacancies across the federation were the result of members being litigated and killed. Before the by-election, it was found that no less than six party members were interested in representing the party and they all obtained the nomination form from the party.

The governorship nominee of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the 2019 election, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi; the party’s candidate for the district in 2019 and the daughter of the late Ikorodu Ayangburen – Oba S.A.A Oyefusi, Princess Abiodun Oyefusi, are among those already indicated interest for the party’s senatorial ticket.

Others include the immediate past Vice President, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Yeye Adenike Shobajo; Babatunde Olanrewaju, a trade unionist; Aare Oladotun Hassan, a legal practitioner, and Princess Saidat Fawora.

New Telegraph reported that delegates and party leadership are currently divided on who will become the party’s flag-bearer following a decision by some party blocs to support Gbadamosi who recently returned to the party ahead of Oyefusi who represented the party in the 2019 polls.

A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: “If we present BOG (Gbadamosi), the PDP has a better chance of winning Lagos East, but some people inside our party seem not to want him. He ‘s popular, he ‘s got a deep pocket and he understands the issues, even the APC fears him. I hope this time, we get the right resig.

But a former state executive member in the state said the party should be holding free-and-fair primaries ahead of the election, asking: “Why are we still finding short cut in our affairs?

Someone quit the party to run against our nominee on another platform, so he came back again and we are already putting him forward. Do we not have other able people inside the party again? In the meantime, the PDP ‘s National Working Committee (NWC) inaugurated a five-man screening committee for by-elections to the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe state assembly.

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