The All Progressives Congress in Lagos has claimed the life of one member, leaving two others critically wounded following outbreak of violence after voting had ended on Saturday.
The member, identified as Nurudeen Olanose, was reportedly shot dead at the party’s local government congress at Central School, Dopemu, Agege.
Nine people were said to have been arrested and taken to Area G Police Division in Agege.
A witness told Premium Times that violence broke out after Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, visited the venue.
“Obasa came to the venue at Dopemu, from nowhere a gunshot killed one of the party members. As he was going, his security men just dragged the guy that was shot, they dropped him on the other side of the road in order for him to pass and run away,” said the witness, who declined to be named for “political reasons”.
“Not quite 10 minutes later, another person was shot (dead) by Obasa’s boys again, and one other person was shot by the leg.”
But Musibau Razak, the spokesperson for the Lagos Speaker, told the newspaper that his principal did not attend the congress at Dopemu.
“It is a lie,” Mr Razak said.
“From my investigation, it is the APC local government congress in Agege and those who were supposed to be at the congress venue were there, they did their congress and left. But you know in politics, there will always be disgruntled elements, I think that was what happened.
“What happened at Dopemo had nothing to do with my boss.
“Of course, as a member of APC and a Speaker, if anything happens he will be contacted and he will make necessary arrangement for peace to reign. Policemen were there, SSS were there, the INEC was there, so nobody should link that thing to the Speaker. The Speaker’s effort is to maintain peace.”
However, Rotimi Sulyman, Media Adviser to Ganiyu Egunjobi, the Chairman of Agege local government, confirmed that one person died from the violence.
“After the election has been concluded, some people who felt they are fast losing the grip of the party, they started fomenting trouble and in the course of it one of the persons loyal to our camp died,” Mr Sulyman told the newspaper.
He added that those arrested by the police included one Bosun Adigun, a driver to Jubril Kareem, the former chairman of Agege local government.