The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of importing mercenaries into Lagos State ahead of Saturday’s Presidential campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari is already in Lagos, with many routes already cleared for the movement of his motorcade.

The PDP in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity in Lagos, Taofiq Gani said in order to give a semblance of mammoth crowd to the presidential visit, the APC and its leaders imported people from outside the state and neighbouring countries.

The PDP said these strange persons entered the state in trailers, buses and trains and were lodged in schools, NYSC camp and premises of government agencies.

The PDP said the non-indigenes were facilitated into the city from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, adding that the free train rides announced by the APC was diversionary to transport the “mercenaries” into Lagos state.

The PDP alleged that many of the paid supporters from as far as neighbouring countries were going to remain in Lagos and without any means of livelihood they will eventually become criminals in the state.

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“We therefore call on security agencies to be on red alert just as we call on Lagosians to hold the APC responsible for the imminent rise in crime following this swell in immigration”, the statement said.

But responding, the APC spokesman, Joe Igbokwe, said the claim had no iota of truth, even as he challenged the PDP to do an open rally to test its popularity in the state.

According to him, the PDP candidate, Jimi Agbaje has been holding town hall meetings since he commenced his campaign, saying the PDP had no temerity to do an open campaign. 

He insisted that Lagos is entirely an APC state.

Igbokwe noted that the PDP candidate was courting the Igbo community for vote, insisting the Igbos in the state have resolved to vote APC at all levels.

On the Apapa road clearing, the APC spokesman said the construction of the bridge which was reopened started a year ago and completed on Wednesday, adding that the clearing of traffic on the notorious Apapa axis has nothing to do with Buhari’s visit.

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