Lagos APC governorship primary gets underway

There's tension in Epe on Tuesday morning as residents trooped out en masse to vote in the APC governorship primaries.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode who is seeking the APC ticket hails from the Epe Local Government Area of Lagos.

Ambode is currently jostling for the ticket with Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

As scheduled by the party in Lagos state in wards visited early in the day APC members in Epe were to take part in the direct primary election.

Voting and accreditation had to start as at when NAN visited some centres at about 10.35 a.m, but members hanged out at the polling unit/wards.

A Few of the wards for the voting practice comprise Poka Primary School, Recreation Centre, Ikosi-Ejirin, Ogunmodede, Ibonwon, Odo-giri among others.

Also, security operatives are positioned in every nook and cranny of Epe to guarantee voting exercise that was peaceful.

In some parts of Alimosho Local Government, NAN correspondent who monitored the exercise at Ward 9, Parakoyi, Ipaja-Ayobo in the council observed that hundreds of party faithful had been on the ground before 9 a.m.

The certification of party members with party membership cards started at precisely 9.

The exercise started under the watch of an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the electoral committee and safety agents.

However, Mrs Adenike Olusanya, a party agent for incumbent Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode told NAN that a whole lot of's supporters were not accredited because they owned only membership slip.

Olusanya, who frowned at the alleged disenfranchisement, stated that the key election could not stand.

"Many of our members are outdoors, not permitted, this can't stand. This is no election at all," she said.

However, the voting process of the primary was disrupted for a while at Ward G North as voters were chased off by thugs.

The thugs numbering about 15 invaded the Abesan High School, venue of the exercise around 9.45, flogging voters, preventing them from being licensed.

The hoodlums in addition to their sponsors' motive couldn't be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

Some policemen in the venue later reacted to the situation.

There was a large turnout of party members waiting to cast their votes for either Gov.Akinwunmi Ambode or Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

At the Ikeja Ward C, PU 003, where APC national Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu is billed to cast his vote, suggested that accreditation commenced around 9.06 a.m.

At the ward, situated on Makinde Street Ikeja, that includes Oregun, Olushosun and Alausa regions, a number of the party members told NAN they were quite eager to take part in the primaries system of voting.

They said most of them left their businesses for the day to arrive the place as early as 8. 00 a. m.
It was discovered that the banner ads and posters of Sanwo-Olu adorned the ward, while the banners and posters of Ambode were not available.

Many of the party members in the ward wore T-shirts and caps with Sanwo-Olu's photographs were embossed on them, while inscriptions such as'Fun Igbega Ipinle Eko';'Sanwo-Olu ni jo'; and'Vote Sanwo-Olu'.

Also at Wards A and D at Iba Local Council Development Area of Lagos, where the Deputy Gov., Dr Idiat Adebule, is also billed to vote, as at 10.00 a. m., accreditation was yet to Begin.

Party members were seen waiting for the party electoral officials.
Heavy security security as policeman and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were on the floor to ensure orderliness.

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