Joe Igbokwe, the All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesperson in Lagos State has said the Lagos primaries was postponed until Monday because people have to go to church tomorrow.
“People have to be in church on Sunday, so we have rescheduled until Monday unfailingly,” Mr Igbokwe told Premium Times by telephone Saturday night. “There are other issues around logistics, but everything would be done by Monday.”
Mr Igbokwe did not immediately have an answer to questions about why the primaries would go on in other states but not Lagos and Imo, where internal wrangling amongst political heavyweights has dogged party affairs for weeks.
The APC on Saturday, postponed the governorship primaries for Lagos and Imo States.
The party’s spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, said the two states would no longer hold their respective primaries on Sunday as previously scheduled.
The primaries would go on tomorrow in all other states but the two.
The announcement comes amidst stiff contest for the ruling party’s governor ticket between incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Jide Sanwo-Olu, who was until two weeks ago, considered an underdog in Lagos politics.
But 24 hours to the election, fast-emerging developments show Mr Sanwo-Olu was a shoo-in for the Lagos ticket.
He reportedly received the endorsement of 36 out of the state’s 40 lawmakers on Sunday afternoon. This came simultaneously as another governorship aspirant and challenger, Babatunde Hamzat, endorsed Mr Sanwo-Olu.
Mr Sanwo-Olu is widely believed to have the support of Bola Tinubu, the Lagos political juggernaut who commands tremendous loyalty amongst party members, especially the delegates who would vote in the primaries to choose the party’s flag-bearer.