8th December, 2010
Over 500 supporters of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Lagos State, SouthÂ West Nigeria yesterday stormed the partyâ€™s secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba to protestÂ the alleged manipulation of the partyâ€™s ward and local government congresses.
The supporters, drawn from the various local governments and local councilÂ development areas of the state, carried placards and demanded that the ward and LGÂ congresses, which had already been held, should be cancelled to give room for freshÂ ones.
Some of the placards carried by the protesters read: No Imposition of FictitiousÂ Names, Give us Fundamental Human Rights and Not Animal Rights; Stop all UndemocraticÂ Processes in Lagos State; ACN, Democracy Must Rule; Stop Acts of PoliticalÂ Dictatorship and We want Democracy, Not Autocracy.
Spokesperson of the protesters, Engr. Adebayo Akande said â€œwe donâ€™t wantÂ continuation of imposition. We want open primaries.Â Two weeks ago, we were given ACÂ cards and not ACN cards. At the congresses, names of executive members were smuggledÂ out and new names smuggled in.
â€œWe donâ€™t want to resort to self-help. In Lagos State, things are not what they areÂ supposed to be. We want the congresses held so far to remain null and void.Â TheÂ congresses were secretly held. We want transparent congresses.â€
Akande stated that the congresses held in the 377 wards were manipulated to suitÂ certain persons, and that in most wards, congresses were not held, but manipulatedÂ for unscrupulous purposes while some people were schemed out.
â€œWhy should names of current executive members be removed in order to satisfyÂ certain persons,â€ he queried.
The protesters demanded that the ACN card be regularized in Lagos State so that manyÂ people would not be deprived of their rights to vote at congresses, and that allÂ congresses already held be nullified.
â€œWe want fresh congresses to be held across the state and we also want openÂ primaries to be held and such primaries must be certified by the National ExecutiveÂ Council of the party,â€ Akande stated.