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LAHA 2023: Drama as ex-deputy governor’s son, Gbolahan Ogunleye ‘flops’ at APC screening

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There was a mild drama on Saturday during the All Progressives Congress (APC) screening for the Lagos State House of Assembly aspirants, after a contender for the Ikorodu Constituency I seat, Gbolahan Ogunleye failed to provide convincing answers to certain questions.

It was gathered that during the exercise held at Lagos APC secretariat in Acme, Ikeja, Gbolahan, the son of former Lagos State deputy governor, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, when asked about his Permanent Voters Card (PVC), said he would call his daddy, a response which shocked members of the screening panel.

Following his rather unusual response, the former Sole Administrator of Ikorodu Local Government has since been tagged ‘Daddy’s Boy’ in some sections of the media.

A party source who witnessed the incident also claimed that the younger Ogunleye who is said to be relying on the political credentials of his father failed to present some vital documents such as his birth and WAEC certificates.

However, Gbolahan has denied the report, describing the claims as work of mischief makers. In a statement on Sunday, the aspirant said his screening was successful and hitch free.

“If anything, the spirit at the Oga Campaign team camp is currently high as yesterday’s screening was successful, in fact, I was the first to be successfully screened vying for the Constituency 1 seat at the Lagos State House of Assembly from Ikorodu. All requirements and qualifications were confirmed without hassles,” he said.

“Also, this is to clear the record that it was a screening exercise and not a call parade. There was no need for me or any of my accompanying team members to put a call to anyone to facilitate the screening exercise.”

The younger Ogunleye urged those spreading fake news about him to desist, saying that the 2023 polls would come and go and the Ikorodu bond would, however, remain.

“I say, rather than promoting fake news, if there are any grey areas suspected or speculations in need of clarity, the secretariat of our great party is always open for such clarification. To my teeming supporters, let us keep the faith, victory is near!,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the APC primary election for State House of Assembly will hold on Friday, May 27.

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