Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, has dismissed parallel congresses of the All Progressives Congress allegedly held by some elements as “mere naming ceremonies.”
The Governor made this remark through his Chief Press Secretary Gboyega Akosile in a statement after the congress on Saturday which produced Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi as state chairman of the APC.
Sanwo-Olu said the authentic congress was the one attended by card-carrying members of the party at the venue announced by the State Congress Committee
He described the process as “simply decisive, non-controversial,” expressing his confidence in the new team that will be steering the party’s affairs in Lagos.
According to him, Ojelabi possessed a brilliant resume as a loyal APC chieftain, noting that the new team would work to deepen the party’s stronghold in the state.
Akosile quoted Sanwo-Olu as saying, “We have come to the end of the state congress. All party members are happy with the peaceful conduct of the process and the outcome. I’m certain that the leadership that emerges from this exercise is a round peg in a hole. The man (Ojelabi) that will be leading the team has a brilliant resume as a trusted hand, at the National Assembly level, State Executive Council level, political and community leadership level. He has over 20 years of political experience.”
He said that the new chairman had the mandate to reach out to aggrieved party members.
Reacting to his victory, Ojelabi praised the Governor for a hitch-free congress, noting that the peaceful conduct of the election manifested good leadership ingrained in the party by the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.