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LG polls: APC submits candidates’ list to INEC, says “no opposition in Lagos”

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it has submitted the list of candidates to contest the chairmanship and councillorship seats in next month’s local government elections to the State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC)

A statement yesterday by the party’s state election’s committee chairman, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, made the confirmation.

Afikuyomi expressed confidence in the ability of the candidates to win the available seats because “there is no opposition to the APC in Lagos”.

The election committee chairman said the popularity of the party accounted for the skirmishes that accompanied its primaries.

He said: “The process of choosing candidates has been successfully completed. Across the 20 local government areas, 37 LCDAs and 377 wards in the state, APC chairmanship and councillorship candidates have emerged.

“Our party’s constitution provides for direct and indirect primaries to pick the candidates. In its wisdom, the APC leadership in Lagos opted for a combination of primaries and consensus, in compliance with the provisions of Articles 20 (ii)a, (iii)a and 21(xi) of the APC Constitution.

 “That was done to ensure the emergence of real grassroots leaders and knowledgeable party men and women who can positively impact the lives of the people at the local level, who can make the much-needed difference in governance and deliver dividends of democracy to our people.

“This is what we need to complement the wonderful work Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been doing.

“The process started from a stakeholders’ meeting, where the decision on the modality for the election and other decisions were taken and ratified. However, this is not to say the exercise has been without hitches. These are normal with any democratic arrangement. No system is devoid of problems and challenges. No system is infallible.

 “In the extant case, in a few areas where there have been disagreements arising from the process, these have been resolved through the conflict-resolution mechanism we put in place”.

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