By Omogbolahan Adisa
As the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) moved its state congress from Wednesday, 16th April to 26th April, 2014, thegazellenews.com can authoritatively revealed that the leadership of the party has decided to retain Chief Henry Oladele Ajomale as the state chairman of the party.
Thegazellenews.com learnt exclusively that the decision to retain Ajomale was reached at the end of a meeting between the Governor’s Advisory Committee (GAC) and the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The meeting was reportedly held last week.
The GAC comprised of some elders and chieftains of the party who meet regularly and advise the state Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, on the state of affairs of the state.
At the meeting, thegazellenews.com learnt, it was decided that Ajomale should be allowed to continue in view of his sterling leadership of the party since he came on board. The meeting saw Ajomale as a unifying factor who has been able to hold the party together.
Thegazellenews.com learnt that the leadership of the party shortlisted three candidates for the chairmanship office. Apart from Ajomale, the two others shortlisted are: former state Head of Service and ex-Deputy Chief of Staff to Fashola, Sunny Ajose; and ex-Minister of State for Defence, Ademola Seriki.
After an exhaustive debate, it was learnt that the leaders decided to settle for Ajomale.
At the meeting also, the leadership decided to return the three senatorial vice chairmen: Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, Lagos West; Pa Sunmola, Lagos East; and Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Lagos Central. Also to return is the Secretary of the party in the state, Pastor Charles Odugbesi.
Apart from the aforementioned offices, the party has decided to throw other offices open for members to contest for.
The national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had told the gathering of party members at the last stakeholders’ meeting of the party on Wednesday, 16th April, 2014, at the party secretariat in ACME road, Ogba that members of the party will vote for the candidates of their choice except in a situation where an amicable consensus has been reached.