Contrary to speculations making the rounds that the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s directive that there would no longer be automatic ticket for all candidates of the party in the 2019 elections and by extension Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, was meant to scheme out the governor, might not be true after all.
Tinubu, last week during a stakeholders meeting held at the secretariat of the party on Acme Road, declared that the party will not give automatic ticket to any aspirant, including the governor in the coming elections.
He said that all the aspirants will go through direct primaries to be decided by members of the party rather than the delegates system, which provides opportunity for a few to elect the party’s flag bearer. If anything, the directive that the candidates will be picked through direct primary is meant to ensure that bickering, complaints and acrimony which attend delegates’ conventions and congresses are eliminated.
Sunday Telegraph checks within the state government and the party reveal that the directive is to the advantage of the governor. “It will ensure that Governor Ambode wins as every party member who has his party membership card and the permanent voter’s card will vote for the governor,” said a source who craved for anonymity because he is not permitted to talk.
New Telegraph, August 19, 2018
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