In spite of the claims by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that its primary elections conducted in Lagos State was devoid of irregularities and favoritism, a video in the public domain has proved to the contrary.
The APC in Lagos State, in conjunction with the National Working Committee (NWC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on October 2 and 5, 2018, conducted primaries for the party candidates for the governorship flag bearer, the National Assembly and the State House of Assembly.
The party was led by its Chairman, Mr. Tunde Balogun, in the exercise.
The party’s National Assembly primary was reported to have been marred by violence, even as no fewer than two persons lost their lives.
In a video clip sighted by National Wire, the Lagos APC Chairman was accused by a member of the National Working Committee of pressuring them to doctor an earlier list of winners submitted to it.
In the video, the NWC member sent to conduct the primaries in Lagos could be heard saying: “But you brought the list to me, which I have acted on. I have even sent that of the Senate to Abuja. If there is going to be any alteration to the earlier list, send a text with the list of the names approved by the leader of the party, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, so that when the names are finally published and there is anything contrary to what I am given, I should not be held responsible for it.”
Also, in the video, Balogun was shown to be in a serious altercation with the NWC member who, despite standing his ground that he acted based on the list given to him, later softened his tone.
All efforts to reach-out to the APC Chairman for his comments on the video clip proved abortive.
Calls put through to him since Friday were not responded to as at 7:30 pm on Saturday.
Also, a text message to Balogun on his phone number ending in 6495 was not replied.
National Wire’s correspondent had sent him a text message which reads: “Good morning Sir, I have been trying to reach you since yesterday, but you are not picking my calls. Sir, I will like to speak with you about a video I watched involving you, some other APC members and INEC officials. I will like you to comment on your role in the video sir. I am a Journalist.”
Violence broke out in different parts of Lagos State during the House of Representatives primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC), disrupting the voting process and commercial activities in some areas.,
Also, some APC stakeholders equally frowned at the irregularities and alleged fraud that trailed voting at the Apapa Federal Constituency. They claimed that there were no primaries held in seven out of the 10 wards that made up the constituency.
Suspected thugs attacked APC members in voting centres in Kosofe Local Government Area (LGA), Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development (LCDA) and Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, among others.
In Kosofe, an eyewitness account confirmed that a party chieftain, Hon. Ibrahim Mustapha, and few other persons narrowly escaped death when the suspected thugs invaded a polling centre in Anthony Village and attacked those exercising their civic rights.
Reports also have it that thugs were moving from one polling unit to the other across Kosofe Federal Constituency, brandishing machetes and attacking those perceived to be opponents and chasing them out of the voting centres.
Although, no death was recorded in Kosofe LGA, the eye-witness said Mustapha was matcheted by some political thugs allegedly working for the Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Ganiu Okanlawon, and a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. 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.