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Ojelabi emerges Lagos APC Chairnan as party holds Congress

Ayodele Olalere

Hon. Cornelius Ojelabi on Saturday emerged as the new Chairman of the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the party Congress held inside the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Arena, Onikan.

Ojelabi, with other 35 new executive members emerged as consensus candidates. His emergence also followed the disqualification of another aspirant whose identity was not disclosed.

The Congress was conducted and supervised by the party committee from the national headquarters, Abuja led by Adebayo Adelabu, the party’s candidate at the last gubernatorial election in Oyo State.

In his speech, the new Chairman promised to take the party to greater heights. He called on party members in the state to work with the new executives.

” We are committed to setting our party on a new pedestal. All hands must be on deck. We assure you of our commitment to lead the party to greater heights. I enjoined all party members to come out strongly and complement the efforts of our party leaders. I and my team present ourselves to the good people of Lagos to serve you with all our strength and might,” he said. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu congratulated the new Chairman and the executive. He also commended the Congress committee for handling the Congress in a professional way.

The governor thanked the immediate past Chairman, Hon. Tunde Balogun for piloting the affairs of the party and expressed confidence in the ability of the new executives to take the party to another level.

Hon. Adelabu however said the party was not aware of any parallel Congress and declared such Congress as illegal. He added the party only recognized the Congress conducted by the committee which produced the new Chairman.

The new Chairman was a former Commissioner during Babatunde Fashola’s regime. He had also served as a member of the House of Representatives.