President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took over from the National Working Committee(NWC) panel for the election, by asking APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole to respect the first set of results which was in favour of Babajide Sanwoolu with majority of the votes casted.
Buhari and Osinbajo monitored the primary election
A top ranking official of the APC said that “After multiple briefings and monitoring of the election in Lagos, Abuja advised the leaders of APC to stand with the people and respect their wishes”.
He continued by saying, “President Buhari also requested for periodic briefings throughout the day of the primary and at a point, invited Chairman Oshiomhole to brief him on Lagos and other primaries”.
Vice President Osinbajo, who had been accused by a faction of the Sanwoolu camp of trying to manipulate the vote in favour of the current Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, also played a prominent role in avoiding a rerun.
The NWC panel had moved to cancel the results of the election and announce a new date for a rerun, when Oshiomhole overruled them and declared that the results be upheld.
Governor Ambode who had lost the support of APC godfather, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his party’s grassroots structure weeks before the primary election, lost the vote by a wide margin and won’t be getting a ticket to govern Nigeria’s commercial capital, at the second time of asking.
The Chairman of the APC in Lagos, Tunde Balogun, has declared Sanwoolu the winner of the election.
Balogun said: “I am aware that conflicting information has been circulating on our primary election, but I must tell you that the election was held and it was free and fair.
“It would be very painful to disenfranchise the over 1.5 million members who voted across the 245 wards in the state.
“At the end of the exercise, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu polled 970, 851 votes and Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode scored 72, 901 votes. With this, Mr. Babajide is declared winner”.