According to a source, the event was cancelled due to the party primaries, which were suddenly rescheduled. Also, it is being alleged that Hamzat cancelled his declaration ceremony in the bid to prepare for the primaries in which the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola is said to be rooting for Shasore. A source privy to Fashola’s backing of Shasore said, “he (Fashola) has been supporting Shasore’s governorship aspiration.
Shasore has been Fashola’s original candidate from the beginning. But his aspiration has violated the party’s zoning rule, which has been in force since 1999. The same rule was applied in 2007″. “The party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu came to power in 1999 from Lagos West and Fashola in 2007 from Lagos Central. It is now the turn of Lagos East senatorial district. It is ironic that Fashola is supporting an aspirant outside the party’s zoning calculation.” The source, however, added that despite Shasore’s backing by Fashola, Ambode remains the front-runner as he is said to have the backing of the national leader of the party, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and also has strong grassroots support.