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APC clears 12 Lagos aspirants for primaries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State
yesterday cleared 12 aspirants intending to
succeed Governor Babatunde Fashola in 2015.
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure
Obafemi Hamzat abruptly cancelled the formal
declaration of his governorship aspiration slated
to hold today at The Haven, Ikeja.
A source said Hamzat cancelled his declaration
due to the party primaries, which were suddenly
rescheduled to begin today.
The aspirants were certified in Ikoyi for the party
primaries, which had been rescheduled to
Thursday, following the release of the party’s
guidelines.
At the Ikoyi meeting, the party cleared Hamzat,
the Senate Minority Whip, Ganiyu Solomon, the
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Adeyemi
Ikuforiji, former Accountant-General Akinwunmi
Ambode and former Commissioner for Health
Leke Pitan.
Other aspirants are Tayo Ayinde, former Attorney-
General Olasupo Shasore, former Commissioner
for Special Duties Tola Kasali and Adetokunbo
Wahab, among others.
The clearance has ruled out the possibility of
presenting a consensus candidate.
The source said the governor “has been
supporting Shasore’s governorship aspiration.
Shasore has been Fashola’s original candidate
from the beginning. But his aspiration has
violated the party’s zoning rule, which has been in
force since 1999. The same rule was applied in
2007″.
“The party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
came to power in 1999 from Lagos West and
Fashola in 2007 from Lagos Central. It is now the
turn of Lagos East senatorial district. It is ironic
that Fashola is supporting an aspirant outside the
party’s zoning calculation.”
The source said Ambode remained the
frontrunner among the aspirants, noting that he
had built strong grassroots support base; well-
connected with various professional groups and
elicited massive support from youths, tradesmen
and artisans.

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