The hope of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) going into the July 22 local government elections in Lagos State with a united house suffered a huge setback yesterday as violence marred the party’s chairmanship primaries.
The APC primary election, which held at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Sururele in Lagos, was disrupted half way with massive outbreak of violence by party delegates and aspirants who protested against the imposition of candidates.
Pandemonium broke out when the chairman of the Electoral Committee, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, began to announce names of consensus candidates endorsed by the party’s leaders for the local government election.
The delegates and aspirants while showing their grievances against imposition of chairmanship candidates used broken bottles, plastic chairs, stones, wood, bottled and sachet water as weapons to chase some of the party leaders, delegates and other supporters out of the venue of the primary.
The violence was fallout of the several protests and complaints that took place before the primary elections where some of the party leaders and members protested and kicked against imposition of candidates after the idea was confirmed by the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during the party’s stakeholders meeting, which held two weeks ago.