- The race for party tickets in Lagos state All Progressives Congress (APC) is getting interesting by the day
- This is especially as the party in the state seems to have been split along factions
- One race that is generating excitement is that of the Lagos East senatorial contest
The race for party tickets in the Lagos chapter of the APC is getting interesting by the day, especially as the party in the state seems to have been split along factions.
One race that is generating interest within the party is that of the Lagos East senatorial contest.
This is due to the entrance into the race by a very prominent member of Lagos state House of Assembly, Honourable Adebayo Osinowo aka Pepper.
NAIJ.com gathered that Osinowo has commenced a "coast-to-coast" consultations with party stakeholders and opinion leaders in the area.
He will, however, battle with the incumbent; Senator Gbenga Ashafa, an APC aspirant to the House of Representatives in the 2015 elections; Olanrewaju Sanusi and a former commissioner of public transportation in the state, Chief Lanre Razak.
The odds however seems to favour Osinowo, as he is said to be a kingmaker in the House and was largely responsible for installing former speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and the sitting speaker, Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.
The consultation according to the senatorial aspirant, will enable him to seek advice from major stakeholders, in and outside the APC, which could be pivotal to winning the primaries and also cementing a long-term relationship with his constituents.
Osinowo was accompanied on the trip by some serving and past government officials, top party leaders and hundreds of supporters.
The train's first port of call was to meet Alhaji Busura Alebiosu, a member of the Governor Advisory Council, at his Mende residence, Maryland.
The party leader described the visit as “timely and pivotal,” while offering his prayers for the success of Osinowo's senatorial bid in the APC primary scheduled for October.
The team subsequently moved to meet the senatorial leader of the party in the district, Alhaji Akanni Seriki at his Alapere residence.
Speaking, Seriki eulogized the aspirant for his stabilizing role in the Lagos state House of Assembly, while urging the electorate to support him, being a seasoned and committed politician who could pursue the interest of Lagos with vigour in the National Assembly as a stabilizer.
The train concluded his consultation for the day, with a visit to the Magodo home of Senator Anthony Adefuye, a former senator who represented the district in the Third Republic, where he was well received and commended for his respect for elders and the people.
Speaking to journalists at end of the visits, the senatorial aspirant asserted that the consultations have imbued him with some fresh ideas that will enhance the provision of effective, visionary and purposeful leadership when he resumes as a senator.
He, therefore, called on the good people of the district to remain supportive of his candidacy, promising to raise the bar of representation beyond the expectations of all and sundry.
Meanwhile, the battle for tickets in the APC, worsened on Monday, September 10, as different factions in the party across the country took battle positions ahead of the party’s primaries holding later this month.
The war cries were especially raised in Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Cross River, Delta and Yobe states.
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