All is allegedly not well with the Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu led All Progressive Congress in Lagos State. And this is not unconnected with report that they have lost five House of Representatives seats
To the Peoples Democratic party and one to the Accord party in Lagos. Aside that, we learnt the party
Is jittery because of the narrow margin they had in the election results between them and their opposition, PDP in Lagos. The APC scored 792,460 while their rival, PDP pooled 632,327 in the presidential election.
A reliable source squealed to us that the party chieftains are worried over the result which shows that
PDP is gradually gaining ground in the APC controlled state.
According to insiders, the party members felt the issue of imposition attributed to the factor and they
felt it’s a signal that Ashiwaju Ahmed Tinubu is gradually losing his stronghold over Lagos state.
According to our source, it’s a pointer that the exalted seat at Alausa, ikeja- Lagos might be taken over by the opposition if they don’t set their house in order.
Insiders revealed to us that the tactical team of the party has gone into closed doors meeting since
yesterday to strategize on how to curb this ugly trend. Part of the agenda is to ensure Ambode did not
Lose out as it will be a disgrace to Lagosians. We gathered that they have reached out to prophets and spiritualists who have predicted the downfall of APC in the forthcoming Governorship election to see how the predictions could be averted.
It would be recalled that it was reported that the All Progressives Congress has lost five House of Representatives seats to the Peoples Democratic Party and a seat to the Accord Party in Lagos.
Investigations by our correspondent showed that most of the reps lost in Igbo- dominated local government areas.
Sources in the APC said the love the people of the South-East have for President Goodluck Jonathan positively affected the PDP candidates, some of whom had not even been rigorously campaigning.
In Amuwo Odofin local government, which has a very high Igbo population, especially in areas like Kirikiri, Satellite Town and FESTAC, the PDP candidate, Oghene Egboh, who is from the Niger-Delta, defeated Mr. Ganiyu Olukolu of the APC.
In Ajeromi/Ifelodun, which is one of the most densely populated areas in Lagos State and is home to Ajegunle (another Igbo dominated area), the PDP candidate, Mrs. Rita Orji, who also hails from the South-East, defeated Taiwo Adenekan of the APC.
The story was the same in the Igbo-dominated Ojo LG, where the PDP candidate, Mr. Tajudeen Obasa, won the seat.
In Surulere federal constituency 2, which is home to Aguda and a few Igbo settlements, Mr. Tunji Soyinka of the PDP defeated Mr. Hakeem Bamgbala of the APC.
It was learnt that apart from the ‘Igbo’ factor, the incumbent rep, Mr. Aliyu Kazeem, had been in court with Bamgbala over the conduct of the primary.
It was learnt that the division within the party gave the PDP the opportunity to penetrate the community.
An APC leader in Surulere said, “We are still in shock. Haliyu Kazeem, who is the incumbent, lost the primary in December last year and refused to work with Bamgbala. He took Bamgbala to court and they are still slugging it out.
“If they had put things in order, we would not have lost. Bamgbala is a former chairman of Aguda Local Council Development Area and a good grass roots politician.”
In Mushin federal constituency 2, the APC candidate, Yemi Alli, lost to Dauda Kako-Aare of the Accord Party.
Kako-Aare, who is the incumbent, lost at the APC primary last December to Alli and defected to Accord.
In Oshodi/Isolo federal constituency 2, the incumbent, Mr. Akeem Munir, lost to Mr. Tony Nwoolu of the PDP.
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