- Private security guards screen visitors at the APC secretariat in Lagos
- 100 demonstrators protest the candidature of one Adeyemi Idera for an executive position in the Saturday, May 19, congress
Security has been beefed up around the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Lagos ahead of the chapter‘s state congress on Saturday, May 19.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports scores of armed security officials were stationed around the secretariat situated at ACME Road, Ikeja, where the congress would be held.
Just opposite the secretariat, some armed policemen were seen standing by an Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed there.
The others were in three patrol vans watching around the secretariat to prevent any threats to security.
Private security guards manning the secretariat gate were also seen screening visitors to the party office.
However, the heavy security did not prevent some party members from staging a protest at the secretariat.
No fewer than 100 protesters, all female, from the Odi-Olowo area of the state, protested the candidature of one Adeyemi Idera for an executive position in the Saturday, May 19, congress.
The women, all carrying placards rejecting Idera, said the chieftain no longer enjoyed the support of members in Odi-Olowo.
“We don’t want her. She should not represent us. She does not enjoy our support,’ Alhaja Mulikat Adeola, who led the protest said.
Vice chairman of the party in the state, Funsho Ologunde, who addressed the protesters urged them to remain calm.
He said the protest was not necessary as the chieftain’s name was not on the list of candidates.
“We are in the month of Ramadan, so we should not embark on things that will wear us out.
“The protest is not necessary, the name of Idera is not on the candidates’ list. That I can assure you,” he said.
The protesters, thereafter, erupted in singing and dancing following Ologunde’s assurance.
Speaking on preparations for the congress, assistant publicity of the party in the state, Abiodun Salami, said all arrangements had been concluded.
He said no fewer than 2500 delegates would elect 27 executive members at the congress.
Salami said one of the executive positions would be reserved for a member living with disability in line with the party’s policy of inclusiveness.
He said the security in place at the secretariat on Friday was a measure of the watertight security that would be in place at the congress proper on Saturday.
“We are set for the congress on Saturday. The candidates have obtained forms and submitted.
“All arrangements have been perfected including security; you can see the atmosphere, it is going to be watertight tomorrow.
“We are set for our state congress and I can assure, it is going to be successful,” he said.
Meanwhile, a massive number of protesting women of the Imo All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, May 18, protested against the party's polls held in the state.
The protesters converged at the Imo government House, and also marched to the police headquarters, saying they were demanding for a new date to be fixed for the congress, and prosecution of those were involved in the alleged irregularities in the congresses, Vanguard reports.
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