APC: Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat to battle Ambode for ticket

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MORE aspirants have joined the race for Lagos State governor.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode obtained the nomination form on Monday and announced his interest in a new term of four years.

Two former commissioners – Jide Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat – have joined the race in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Their action increased yesterday the anxiety among party members who have been waiting for directives on the coming primary that was thought by many to be a one-man race.

The candidate will be picked by direct primary — the system in which all members of the party will vote to choose the candidate.

After obtaining his form, Sanwo-Olu was received by chieftains of the Mandate Group, a formidable arm of the APC.

With him were: former Lagos APC Vice Chairman (West) James Omolaja Odunmbaku, former Agriculture & Cooperatives Commissioner Kaoli Olusanya and former Special Duties Commissioner Dr. Tola Kasali. Olusanya also echoed Odunbaku on the group’s endorsement of Sanwoolu as Lagos’s next governor.

Speaking at meeting of the Mandate Group, Odunmbaku spoke of a plan to open Sanwo-Olu’s campaign office within the Ikeja GRA.

He described the aspirant as the in-coming governor of the state.

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