The Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee has described the May 26 election as credible and peaceful.
The committee also said one of the governorship aspirants, Oluwafemi Mustapha, withdrew his petition and pledged to work for the party.
The three-man committee, chaired by Ibrahim Akaje, addressed a news conference yesterday at the party secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba. Other members are Mrs. Ginika Tor and Abubakar Hassan (Secretary)
Akaje said: “We are here to attend to any complaints that might have risen from the conduct of the gubernatorial primary election. It is normal, in any democratic election, to have committed contestants who will raise issues which they feel were not handled properly. And APC is desirous of making amends where applicable, and uniting the faithful as one big family, hence the creation of the Gubernatorial Appeal Committee.
“It is instructive to say that the committee has received a report of the May 26 election, which confirmed that the election was free, fair, peaceful and transparent.
“The committee received a single petition from Olorunfemi Mustapha, alleging that he was denied access and participation in the primary election. In view of that, and to ensure justice and fairness, the complainant was invited and accorded fair hearing.
“The petitioner presented his matter extensively and, after thorough analysis and deliberations, the committee told the petitioner that he was not cleared by the gubernatorial screening committee, and the verdict was upheld by the Screening Appeal Committee. Both parties therefore agreed to embrace peace and maintain unity for the good of the party and state.”
Mustapha, who agreed to work for the party’s success, said: “At the onset of this conversation, we had alluded to the fact that we’re loyal party members and we’ll abide by the party decisions, irrespective of whatever happens. We’ve been a beneficiary of the party and we cannot break a house that we built.
“In as much as we have grievances in terms of the process, we’ve resolved to work together with the party in exploring the internal mechanisms of the party. I have also resolved to ensure Lagos State remains with APC and we deliver the dividends of democracy to the people, working in conjunction with the party. “We support the aspiration of the party, the candidate, and we’ll work to ensure our party wins, not only in Lagos, but also at the federal level so that our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will become the next president of Nigeria.”