Protest Greets Apapa-Iganmu LG Chief's Re-Election

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Some members of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Apapa/Iganmu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria last Friday, protested the second term bid of the incumbent chairman, Dr. Adedayo Adesola Samuel.

The protesters stormed the party’s LGA secretariat along Marine Beach, Malu Road, Apapa, saying they were against the chairman’s second term bid because of non-performance and dictatorial tendencies.

They carried placards with different inscriptions rejecting the bid and pleaded with the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to intervene and allow them to elect the candidate of their choice.

According to the spokesperson of the protesters, Mr. Saheed Abinleko, “we have leaders in this local government, the party leaders at the state level should give us a chance and allow us to choose the person we want.

“Our appeal has been sent to Baba Eto and Baba Badmus over this matter. This is not about being anti-party, but we are just appealing to the party leaders to let us choose the person that would lead us, not for someone to be dictating for us.”

Abinleko said in order that the party is not lost to the opposition in the coming local government election, they should be allowed to elect their representative through primary election.

Alabi Fatai Abiodun, who claimed to be leader of the youth wing of the party said “what happened in Apapa/Iganmu is imposition and we are all rejecting it. All we are saying is, enough is enough, it has been three years of insecurity, suffering and bad governance.”

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Abiodun, who also wants to contest as councillor in the coming election but was told to step down by the leadership of the party, said he is against the re-nomination of Adedayo as the party’s chairmanship candidate.

He said if the party insisted in fielding the incumbent chairman, the party may lose the coming election to the opposition party.

In his reaction, Dr. Adedayo told Lagos Bulletin on telephone that the mastermind of the protest were those who were not happy about the party’s decision for him to continue in office as well as some people who are not comfortable with the giant strides he is taking at the council.

According to him, “the Friday rally was not the true representation and wishes of the people.

“The minority will have their say will the majority will have their way and no matter how one performs, some people will still want to occupy the office. If they don’t want me and the party says it wants me, let them demonstrate that on the day of election. Those behind the protest were those who are unhappy with the party’s decision and those working for the opposition.”

On the crisis purportedly caused the youths in the area, the council boss blamed it on the slums where jobless youths engage in all sorts of violent actions.

According to him, “since 1988, crime and youth restiveness have been the feature of Apapa-Iganmu local council area and several letters of assistance on the issue have been written to the state government to clear the area as it is done in Oshodi.“

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