Members of the APC electoral panel sent from Abuja to conduct the Lagos governorship primary had a secret meeting with Akinwunmi Ambode, the state governor, on Monday, according to inside sources.
The Clement Ebri-led committee was “holed up” at their hotel till 1pm on Tuesday while voting went on at the over 300 wards in Lagos, with results showing Jide Sanwo-Olu clearly in the lead.
But the committee later came out to disown the election, announcing that it was going to conduct a fresh primary.
According to sources, the panel — made up of Ebri, Ahmed Mahmud Gumel (secretary), Chidi Duru, Clever Egbeji, Clever Ikisikpo and Jerry Ugokwe — arrived Lagos on Monday and told the state chairman of APC, Tunde Balogun, that they wanted to meet with Ambode.
Balogun protested against the request, pointing out that it was improper since Ambode was one of the aspirants in the election.
The committee met with the governor on Monday
A senior party official told our correspondent: “The committee members insisted that they must see Ambode. Balogun took them to Alausa to see him. After the photo session, Ambode invited the committee members for a private meeting.