Violence, Rigging Mar APC National Assembly Primaries In Lagos
Violence and rigging characterized Thursday’s All Progressives Congress National Assembly primaries in Lagos.
There was pandemonium in many parts of the state as hoodlums suspected to be political thugs, attacked and disrupted the exercise which was conducted in different wards across the state.
In most of the places were crises broke out, rigging and falsification of results also took place.
In places like Oshodi, Isola, and Kosofe Local Governments, sporadic shootings aimed at chasing prospective voters away from already formed queues and or away from the entire premises were recorded.
In Oshodi, the Chairman of the local government, who is also an aspirant for the Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency 1, Bolaji Ariyoh allegedly mobilized several of his supporters including thugs to disrupt the exercise in some wards in the area.
In Ogunoloko Ward D1 , mayhem broke out when political thugs allegedly working for Ariyoh stormed the ward and scared voters with dangerous weapons before chasing them away from the polling points.
Ogunloko is the stronghold of the leading contender for the seat, Bachir Dawood.
In Ejigbo, Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdulhakeem Abdullateef also participated in the disruption of the exercise.
Abdullateef, who is also contesting for the Oshodi/ Isolo Federal Constituency 2 literally took over the job of the umpire to head count his people with both cards and slips as against the directive of the party.
Abdulhakeem Abdullateef counting the voters
This led to a protest by supporters of other aspirants in the race.
It took the intervention of another Commissioner before the situation was brought under control.
Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, who rushed to the scene of the protest, calmed the angry members, assuring them that the situation would be taken care off by the NWC.
On arrival of the Bamigbetan, Abdullateef disappeared from the scene. Similar scenario was recorded at the various wards in Isolo.
At Ishaga ward, one of the contestants, Hakeem Muniru, mobilized people who are not party members and without the party’s cards to vote.
This led to disagreement between supporters of the various candidates
Elections in the two constituencies have been declared inconclusive.
At Adebayo Mokuolu Street, Anthony Village, a former chairmanship aspirant in Kosofe Local Government area, Ibrahim Mustapha, narrowly escaped death when suspected political assailants descended on him and his supporters.
Although he was said to have been quickly rescued, he was seriously injured.
Mustapha was matcheted by some political thugs allegedly working for the Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Ganiu Okanlawon, and a member of the State House of Assembly, Bayo Oshinowo.
According to the account, about five thugs descended on Mustapha with machetes and cudgels.
They hit him on the head and other parts of his body at Adebayo Mokuolu Street, Anthony Village.
The source explained that Mustapha was rushed to two different hospitals, but was rejected.
However, the source said Mustapha was admitted at the Life Fountain Hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.
The party is yet to officially announce any result of Thursday's primaries.
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