Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defense, has expressed dissatisfaction with the procedure and outcome of the APC Lagos West Senatorial primaries held on Saturday.
Obanikoro, one of the three hopefuls for the party’s ticket, announced this shortly after the Agege Stadium exercise was over.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Emeka Okafor, the APC’s Electoral Returning Officer, Obanikoro received 119 votes, while Mrs Idiat Adebule, a former deputy governor of Lagos state, received 424 votes to win the primary.
Obanikoro, on the other hand, disapproved of the outcome, claiming that the process was marred by intimidation and other irregularities, which he promised to address with the party in due course.
The former minister reaffirmed his prior argument that the celebrated winner was ineligible to run for office.
“This is due to the fact that she did not participate in the electoral process of acquiring Expressions of Interest and Nomination Forms, nor did she participate in the screening procedure, which she did not also submit to.”
“As a result, it’s clear that the exercise was meant to favor the acclaimed victor, who wasn’t even qualified to run for office,” he said.
Obanikoro’s grievances would be formalized before the party, as would all other appropriate actions.