Tension is mounting in Ojokoro area of Lagos State with two state Assembly candidates claiming right to fly the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ifako Ijaiye State Constituency 2 in the coming general elections.
At the centre of the imbroglio is Town Planner Rasheed Makinde who won the primaries conducted by the party on Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014; and ex-Chairman of Ojokoro Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Benjamin Adeyemi Labinjo, who came second in the primaries.
At the primaries, Makinde dusted his rivals including Labinjo and incumbent Assembly member, Ahmed Ipoola Omisore, to clinch the ticket. At the primaries, Makinde polled 107 delegate votes; Labinjo had 93; while Omisore was only able to muster a paltry four delegate votes.
The winner was given his winning certificate, his name forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s candidate.
Tension started rising at the weekend when Labinjo’s posters started flooding the Ojokoro and Ifako Ijaiye areas as the APC candidate for Ifako Ijaiye State Constituency 2.
Thegazellenews.com learnt that Labinjo told his supporters that he had been given the party ticket by the party’s leadership.
It was alleged that his supporters went to town pasting his posters while removing those of Makinde’s.
Makinde’s supporters would not want to be outdone, moreover, with their man being the outright winner of the primary election, hence, they intensified the padting of his posters.
This has generated tension in the area threatening public peace leading to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Alakuko police station, inviting leaders of the part to a meeting on the matter.
At the meeting, thegazellenews.com learnt exclusively that the APC chairman in Ojokoro LCDA, Prince Wale Bello and incumbent lawmaker, Omisore and other stakeholders were emphatic in their backing for Makinde saying he won the primaries legally conducted by the party. They were armed with the copy of the primary result to butress their claim.
The DPO was reported to have transfer the matter to the Office of the State Commissioner of Police with the warring factions meeting with the state Police Commissioner, Kayode Aderanti, on Monday, 19th January, 2015.
As at the time of writing this report, the outcome of the meeting has not been made public.