No fewer than 13 members of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State have reportedly indicated interest in contesting for the by- election to fill the Lagos East Senatorial District at the Senate .
The former occupant of the position , Bayo Osinowo , died on June 15 , 2020 after a brief illness said to be connected with COVID – 19 .
Our correspondent learnt that among leading candidates for the position in the APC are a former Lagos Governor , Akinwunmi Ambode ; a former occupant of the position , Senator Gbenga Ashafa , a former House of Representatives member , Dayo Alebiosu – Bush , a former Lagos commissioner , Tola Kasali ; and the Director General of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri .
For the PDP , the leading candidates include a former governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party , Babatunde Gbadamosi ; the last PDP flag bearer for the position , Princess Abiodun Oyefusi ; and a public relations expert , Adedipe Shobajo.
The spokesperson for the Lagos PDP , Taofik Ganiu, said his party would ensure it fielded the best candidate .
He said , “What is operating in the PDP Lagos now is that we are set for any election . For the Lagos senatorial district by- election , we want to field our strongest candidate who will not be rejected by Lagosians . There are seven aspirants already .
“We are also happy to note that a lot of the APC chieftains are making plans to have us as a platform . We are aware that the APC national body is endorsing somebody and other aspirants are aggrieved . So , our doors are wide open for them to take advantage of it.”
Ganiu said the greatest asset of his party was its plan to end godfatherism in Lagos , adding that the coming by -election would be an opportunity for the PDP to showcase its best hands before claiming the state come the 2023 general elections .
However , the APC spokesperson , Seye Oladejo , said the ruling party was still mourning the death of Osinowo , aka Pepper.
He said , “At the level of the party , nothing is happening now. It ’s barely two weeks that we lost Pepper. Humanity should come into play here irrespective of anybody ’s ambition . So , nothing is happening .
“ But I can tell you that it’ s going to be in the public domain when the time is right ; it will not be hidden. ”