“Why I Declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu Winner” – Tunde Balogun
The chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos State, Mr Tunde Balogun has given reasons why he declared Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, winner of the recent governorship primaries held in Lagos. He said that he believed that elections had been conducted, vast number of people turned up and exercised their franchise, it would be a shame on the party and its leadership if I did not announce the result. He said:
“For me, as a party chairman, to see a vast number of people to come out and vote and then say that no primary took place will be to cast shame to the party and its leadership, this I shall not do.
“The party faithful have spoken, and it is their voice that is paramount.
“The Lagos chapter of APC is committed to honouring their choice.
“Their decision must stand as the true expression of APC in Lagos.
“To embark on any other course will be to betray our members, state and the core principle of progress and democracy upon which the APC is founded”.
He then blamed the NWC members that had earlier cancelled the election to be in direct opposition to the spirit of democracy.
“Those persons who now claim this election did not take place stand in direct opposition to the spirit of democracy and the express will of APC members in Lagos state.
“Such a move is also at variance with the President’s strict adherence to the principle of transparency, openness and participatory democracy,” he added.