- Lagos APC members have protested against the alleged imposition of Abdulhameed Salawu as a chairmanship candidate
- The protesters stated that Bowale Sosinmi, the vice-chairman of Somolu local government area is their choice
- Femi Olowonle-Denmark, speaking on behalf of the protesters, alleged that the ruling party never conducted a primary election in the LGA
Lagos state - Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state have outrightly rejected the alleged imposition of Abdulhameed Salawu as the chairmanship candidate of the party in the upcoming local government election.
Salawu popularly known as Dullar is the incumbent chairman of Somolu local government area.
Premium Times reports that party members on Thursday, June 24, marched peacefully to the Lagos state House of Assembly in protest against the imposition.
The protesters marched through streets carrying placards with inscriptions such as “Somolu Unites 4 Bowale”, “Enough is enough”, “No Bowale, No Election”, “Dullar must go”, “Bowale We Know, BoBo We Trust”, among others.
Jimi Olanrewaju, one of the protesters, claims that incumbent vice-chairman, Bowale Sosinmi, is their preferred choice, The Guardian added.
Olanrewaju also alleged that the party's primary election was disrupted when Salawu locked up election officials in his office.
He insisted that if the party leadership fails to give the mandate to Sosinmi no election would hold in the area, adding that the vice-chairman had been denied the chance to run for election three times.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Femi Olowonle-Denmark alleged that the APC did not hold a primary election in Somolu area.
According to him, four of the contestants agreed to nominate Sosinmi, as their preferred candidate for the chairmanship position.
Lagos APC finally releases names of candidates
Earlier, APC released the names of the winners after conducting its primary to elect candidates for the forthcoming local government election in Lagos state.
In a statement signed by the state caretaker committee chairman, Tunde Balogun, and the secretary, Lanre Ogunyemi, and sent to Legit.ng on Friday, June 4, the names on the list included the chairmen and the vice-chairmen for the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) of the state.