APC Councillorship Primary Election: Disagreement, Non-Arrival of Electoral Materials Mar Election

-Councilorship Candidates emerged in some areas

Kunle Adelabu, Wale Jagun & Jare Olukotun.

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Cross section of the Ward D delegates yesterday in Ikorodu

Contrary to the directive of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Local Government Electoral Committee that the councillorship primary election should hold simultaneously across the state on Monday, May 29,2017, the election failed to hold in many wards while it did in some areas in Ikorodu division and Lagos State.

 

The party,through its Local Government Electoral Chairman, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi, had on Sunday, May 28, 2017,announced that the primary election would hold on Monday, May 29, 2017, in the 377 wards of the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas(LCDAs)in Lagos State.

 

Senator Afikuyomi, while announcing the date for the  primary election, called on party members at the ward levels to make themselves available at the designated centres for the councillorship primaries..

 

While information reaching us revealed that APC Councillorship candidates emerged in some areas, our reporters witnessed chaos in some areas which made the election to be called off.

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Cross section of delegates at a centre yesterday in Ikorodu

More so, in some other areas, the Returning Officers failed to come with  election materials, a situation which forced hundreds of delegates and party faithful to wait for more than ten hours before being dispersed.

In Ward D, E and F in Ikorodu Central, delegates waited endlessly for election materials before being dispersed due to a disagreement.

 

In Ikorodu West LCDA, accreditations were done in some wards but election failed to take place.

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Electoral officers waiting for the Returning Officer and the materials in Ward D in Ikorodu

 

In Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, no election took place. Also, the election which was initially said to have taken place in Ward C  of the council was later .The same scenario played out in lmota, Ijede and Ikorodu North LCDAs.

 

Meanwhile, THE IMPACT gathered from a reliable source that based on the directive from the party, ward leaders and executives of the party had  met to agree on candidates for the councillorship positions in these affected areas/wards.

 

In other areas where they did not receive the party’s directive in good time, we learnt that similar step would be taken to enable them meet the June 3rd deadline of submission of candidates’ names to Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission(LASIEC).

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Two Ward D Councillorship aspirants and their supporters in group photograph

At every designated election centre visited by our reporters in Ikorodu Central, Igbogbo and Ikorodu West LCDAs, there were presence of security personnel from the Nigerian Police, Nieighbourhood Watch, State security Service and National Civil Defence.

 

Regarding the inconclusive May 27 chairmanship primary election at the  Teslim Balogun Stadium, we gathered that  list of consensus candidates has been compiled and submitted to the state body of the party from Ikorodu Division for submission to LASIEC.

Presently, a list agreed on by the stakeholders Ikorodu in Ikorodu division especially Hon. Babajimi Benson, member, Federal House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Hon. Sanai Oyeniran Agunbiade and Hon. Nurudeen Solaja, we learnt is presently with the Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC) Local Government Electoral Committee and the State Chairman of the party.

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Cross section of delegates at another centre waiting for the commencement of the primary election on Monday in Ikorodu.

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