Nigeria: Lagos LG Poll - Somolu APC Members Protest Imposition of Chairmanship Candidate

The protesters alleged that the party did not hold a primary election in the local government.

Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State, on Thursday, marched peacefully to the Lagos State House of Assembly in protest against the imposition of a chairmanship candidate.

They alleged that Abdulhameed Salawu, popularly known as Dullar, was imposed on them as the party's chairmanship candidate for the upcoming local government election.

Mr Salawu is the incumbent chairman.

The residents carried placards with various inscriptions, some of which are "Somolu Unites 4 Bowale"; "Enough is enough"; "No Bowale, No Election"; "Dullar must go"; "Bowale We Know, BoBo We Trust"; "Crisis Is Imminent At Somolu"; "Sanwo-Olu Stop The Pending Danger At Somolu".

One of the protesters, Jimi Olanrewaju, alleged that Mr Salawu disrupted the primary election by locking up election officials in his office in Somolu.

He alleged that the incumbent Vice Chairman, Bowale Sosinmi, is their choice.

According to him, no election would hold in the area, if the party leadership fails to give the mandate to Mr Sosinmi, as he had been denied the chance to run for election thrice.

Femi Olowonle-Denmark, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, alleged that the party did not hold a primary election in Somolu.

He said that four of the contestants agreed to nominate Mr Sosinmi, as their preferred candidate for the chairmanship position.

Mr Olowonle-Denmark said the imposition would be the second time it is happening, and "that is why we have appealed to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to prevail on the party leadership to ensure that the will of the people reigns supreme."

The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, who addressed the protesters, commended them for being peaceful.

Mr Hamzat urged them to submit an agreement letter presenting Sosinmi as their consensus candidate, and promised that their leaders would be called to a roundtable to settle the issues amicably.


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