Lagos house of reps candidate steps down for Obanikoro’s son who is GAC’s ‘anointed’ one
Oyekanmi Elegushi, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate seeking a seat in the house of representatives, has relinquished his ticket.
TheCable learnt that the preferred candidate for the Eti-Osa federal constituency in the house of representatives is Babajide Obanikoro, thought to be the candidate of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) — the highest decision-making body of the APC in Lagos.
At first, Elegushi reportedly said he would not let the ticket go.
In a statement on Tuesday, Tobi Etti, director of media unit of the Elegushi Campaign organisation, said the candidate conveyed his withdrawal from the contest in a letter addressed to Abdullahi Adamu, APC national chairman.
Etti said though Elegushi won the party’s primary election for the federal constituency, he relinquished the ticket in obedience to the party and its leadership.
“While pledging his loyalty to the party, he (Elegushi) appealed to his supporters to respect the decision of the party and ensure all the candidates of the party are returned elected in the 2023 elections,” NAN quoted him as saying.
During the primary election in May, Elegushi polled 25 votes to defeat Obanikoro’s son who secured 23 votes.
While speaking to journalists after his victory, Elegushi described the exercise as peaceful and transparent.
“I will say we are all one, Eti-Osa 1, and I say thank you to the delegates. They played their parts and they voted their conscience,” NAN quoted him as saying at the time.
Olubankole Wellington, Nigerian artist better known as Banky W, clinched the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the same constituency.