Barely one week after the APC stakeholders meeting held at Acme road, Ogba, attended by party stalwarts across Lagos state, where the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu directed that automatic return tickets be given to past local government chairmen who have served only one term, to compensate them for their loyalt to the party.
While mixed reactions have trailed the directive of Asiwaju Tinubu, some disgruntled members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, have staged an angry protests to the residence of one Alhaji Salisu Alogba, the apex leader of APC in Ikorodu West LCDA. The protesters invaded the house of Octogenarian and APC party Chieftain in Ebute, Ikorodu; Alhaji Alogba, on Monday, May 15, 2017, to register their grievance over imposition of councillorship candidates in the area.
The protesters which comprised of youths and aged supporters of the party, who had mobilized themselves from different parts of Ikorodu West, told Ikorodu Oga Radio that the reason for the protest was that while they were coming to terms with the fact that a Chairmanship Candidate has been imposed on them, then news also broke that councillorship candidates have also been imposed on respective wards across the LCDAs, adding that some of the imposed candidates do not carry them along in their programmes. They also alleged that they received privilege information that some of the candidates bribed their way into securing their tickets at ward level.
The visibly angry protesters however vowed to resist all attempts by the party to deny them of the right to choose whoever they know would listen to the yearning of various communities they represent. One of the protesters, Mrs Abeni Bakare from Ward C, told our Correspondent pleaded with party leaders in the division to consider the standpoint of party members and supporters, if the party wants to sweep all available slots in the forthcoming local government elections come July 22nd. “We are pleading with them to listen to us for once on who we want to lead us. They should know that without us, there would be no party, and we have the right to have a say, but if they would not listen, we would give our vote to other candidates in another party”, she said.
Another protester; Segun Oseni, said the party members and followers are ready to assist the party lose in Ward C, if the party turned deaf ears to their protest by imposing a Candidate who is not of choice on them. “ Look we are ready to help our party lose in the coming elections in Ward C, if they still decided to impose a candidate that we don’t want on us. It is just only a few of us you saw here, what we are saying here is what our people are saying back home. If the party loses in the election, I would feel the pain for a few days due to all my effort that went down the drain, but afterwards, life goes on”, he stated.
Meanwhile, all effort to hear from Alhaji Alogba proved abortive, as it was revealed to Ikorodu Oga Radio, that the party chieftain and other party members who were with him when the protesters arrived his residence had escaped through the back door of the house for fear of attack on their lives.