Lagos LG poll: Heavy security at APC secretariat ahead of state congress

Security has been beefed up around the All Progressives
Congress (APC) secretariat in Lagos ahead of the chapter‘s
state congress on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that scores of
armed security officials were stationed around the ACME
road, Ikeja secretariat of the party, where the congress
would be held.

Just opposite the secretariat, some armed policemen were
seen standing by an Armoured Personnel Carrier,APC,
stationed there. The others were in three patrol vans
watching around the secretariat to prevent any threats to
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
Mrs Adeyemi Idera for an executive position in Saturday’s

The women, all carrying placards rejecting Idera, said the
chieftain no longer enjoyed the support of members in Odi-
“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, Mr 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 Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Abiodun
Salami, said all arrangements had been concluded.
He said no fewer than 2,500 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
an indication 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

“We are set for our state congress and I can assure, it is
going to be successful,” he said.

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