APC primaries: NAF men take over voting centres in Badagry as thugs disrupt exercise

APC primaries: NAF men take over voting centres in Badagry as thugs disrupt exercise

- Air Force men took over APC primary voting centres in Badagry after they were invaded by thugs

- Fighting had broken out among the thugs and party members after one member alleged that an agent had come to bribe voters with N1,000 each

- At the collation centre in Badagry local government secretariat, thugs barricaded the gate; preventing newsmen from gaining access to the venue

Men of the Nigerian Air Force took over voting centres in Badagry West local community development area in Lagos state on Thursday, October 4, when thugs disrupted voting during the APC primaries.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in the town reports that the problem started at Apa and Kankon voting centres around 4:27pm when APC electoral officers arrived the venue to conduct the voting.

NAIJ.com gathers that an APC member, who allegedly favoured one of the aspirants, protested that one of the party agents had come earlier to give N1,000 to each potential voter. This resulted to confusion which turned to fighting among political thugs and members of the party.

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The Kankon voting centre is the birth place of Hon Joseph Bamgbose and Alhaji Rabiu Amusa, a retired customs officer.

The fracas resulted to cancellation of voting at the two centres.

An APC stalwart, Daniel Dosu, who claimed to have waited for more than eight hours to vote, stated that there was no election at Kankon voting centre.

“We waited for almost nine hours before the official of the APC electoral committee came. Unfortunately, there was no election here, even when one of the APC aspirants invited air force personnel to chase us away, we stood our ground.

“Tell them we are ready for the consequences because Badagry will not accept any hand-picking representative this time around," he said.

At the collation centre in Badagry local government secretariat, thugs barricaded the gate; preventing newsmen from gaining access to the venue.

Another APC member, Joseph Sejiri, stated that it was wrong for APC electoral officers to declare an aspirant winner when primaries were not held in two major centres in Badagry West.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Badagry on Tuesday, October 2, disagreed on use of party slip by members to vote for the governorship primary.

The APC members trooped out as early as 8:30am to participate in the direct primary election adopted by the party in the state.

There was, however, confusion on the use of party slip when Asokere Mautin, the electoral official in ward A and B insisted that members with only APC membership card would be allowed to vote.

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Source: Naija.ng

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