LG Poll: Aeroland Raises Alarm, Says APC Moles in PDP Scuttled Primary in Alimosho

LG Poll: Aeroland Raises Alarm, Says APC Moles in PDP Scuttled Primary in Alimosho

- Segun Adewale, a former chairman of the PDP in Lagos has expressed worries over the conduct of the party's primary in the state

- Adewale noted that the party leadership reneged from its initial promise that the candidates would be chosen by consensus

- According to him, no primary was held in the Alimosho local government area of the state as being claimed by the leaders of the party

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Ikeja, Lagos - Otunba Segun Adewale, a former chairman of Lagos state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the primary exercise conducted by the party on Monday, June 1, in the Alimosho local government area of the state to pick the party's candidates for the forthcoming council polls.

In a chat with Legit.ng, Adewale popularly known as Aeroland declared that there was no voting in the local government, saying that there can neither be any results nor winners.

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LG Poll: Aeroland Raises Alarm, Says APC Moles in PDP Scuttles Primary in Alimosho
Former chairman of the PDP in Lagos, Segun Adewale, has said that no primary was conducted in the Alimosho area of the state on Monday, May 31. Credit: Segun Adewale
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Adewale, who is also an ex-officio of southwest PDP, disclosed this at the party secretariat on Wednesday, June 2, as he threatened to storm the office of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) on Thursday, June 4, with his teeming supporters to protest what he described as electoral malpractices being perpetrated by the PDP leadership in the state.

The chieftain of the party disclosed that the party leadership had initially agreed and directed that candidates for the local government poll would emerge through consensus only to make a complete U-turn thereafter to say they (candidates) were now to emerge through primary exercise.

He added that the new directive made him reduce the number of chairmanship aspirants from his camp to one from six and the councillorship aspirants from 36 to 18, saying the most annoying thing was that even the party leadership shifted its position from Option A4 to adopting delegate option in picking the party candidates.

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Aeroland noted that the exercise was not held, saying that violence erupted at the various venues and that people had to scamper for safety.

He disclosed that two of his supporters were shot at while vehicles were equally damaged by some hoodlums belonging to the opposing camp.

No PDP primary was held in Alimosho

Adewale said contrary to holding the failed primary in just one location as happened in the rest of 19 local government areas in Lagos, the party leadership created six voting centres in the Alimosho council area alone.

He said:

"We already had 36 aspirants as councillorship and six chairmanship aspirants from Alimosho. The party said in its consideration that they wouldn't do primary. They said we should do reconciliation and reduce the number. So we reduced the number of councillorship aspirants to 18 and chairmanship aspirants to one. Now the party, thereafter, said we should go for primary, I queried why?

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"The affected 18 aspirants who were asked to step down out of annoyance moved out to the camp of the other faction, on account of me denying them the opportunity to contest. That being said the remaining 18 eligible aspirants, who are with me are being subjected to primaries in six locations across Alimosho alone as opposed to one location in each of the other 19 local governments in the state.
"It is a clear plot against me as all the six addresses belong to APC party members, who were opposed to us holding primaries there. This led to a change of location twice in Ayobo Ipaja."

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Adewale, while expressing his strong opposition with the way and manner the exercise went, said he was already writing a petition to the PDP national headquarters, maintaining that no primary exercise was held in Alimosho, and, therefore, no winners had emerged as party's candidates for the coming council polls in the state.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Aeroland said that PDP leaders always come together to harmonise the list every four years and the results have been worrisome.

It was reported that he said that the leaders now replicate their likes in positions within the party as he added that failure is usually the end result.

He stated that the only solution to the party's predicaments in Lagos is to conduct proper primaries and elections as being witnessed in 2015 when it had a number of House of Reps and House of Assembly members.

Source: Legit

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