On Wednesday, a peaceful demonstration took place at the All Progressives Congress (APC) state secretariat in Abeokuta.
Members of the APC in Abeokuta South Local Government stormed the secretariat to protest their names being removed from the delegate list before the party’s primary elections.
“We reject imposition of delegates, we choose for an open congress,” the demonstrators declared, holding placards with varied slogans. “Say no to delegates being imposed,” and “Dialogue is a political language.”
The party members, who came from Wards 5, 8, and 15 in Abeokuta South, complained that the party executive, led by local government chairman Hon. Henry Fagbenro, had left them off the list of delegates.
According to them, the plan was to offer some candidates a gentle landing in the primary.
Hon Sharafadeen Ogunwolu, speaking on behalf of the unhappy party members, called on the APC state executive to investigate “the removal of members of the party from the delegate list in Ward 5, 8, and 15 ahead of the party’s primaries to produce legislative candidates.”
“If there is no dialogue, there will be no primary election with the substituted members of the party by Hon. Fagbenro and his executive,” Ogunwolu said.
Fagbenro, on the other hand, denied substituting members’ names on the list of delegates, claiming that the charges were unfounded.
Governor Dapo Abiodun, through the state party chairman, Yemi Sanusi, mandated that the 15 ward leaders be permitted to choose five delegates from each ward for submission to the party secretariat, according to Fagbenro.
“If these folks want to fight, they should go up against their ward leaders, who nominated five names for the delegate list,” he stated.
He urged everyone involved to be calm and embrace peace and discussion.