The Mandate Movement, an influential political group in Lagos State on Monday said the outcome of the Osun governorship election which was on Sunday declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will have no bearing on the 2019 governorship election in Lagos State.
The electoral body has already fixed a supplementary election for Thursday with the Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leading Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) by 353 votes.
With the opposition to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s re-election bid and entreaties to him by opposition parties, many concerned APC members in Lagos have taken to social media to warn the party leadership to learn from the Osun election and manage the situation well so as not to lose the state in 2019.
The group, led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has rejected Ambode and are backing Babajide Sanwoolu, a former Commissioner in the state and current Managing Director of the Lagos State Property Development Commission (LSDPC).
But speaking with Daily Independent yesterday, a key leader of the Mandate Group who asked not to be named said though the APC will eventually win the Osun election, the outcome will have no impact on the 2019 governorship election in Lagos State.
“Yes, I have heard a lot of comments from people saying we may lose Lagos if we didn’t reconsider our stance on the choice of Jide Sanwoolu as our choice for Lagos governor in 2019. I want to assure you that we are not backing out from the project and we are confident that Sanwoolu will emerge as APC governorship flagbearer for Lagos in few days time.