In what would be regarded as an unusual show of honesty in the Nigerian political arena, the Lagos APC has come out to debunk reports linking the PDP to the violence that took place during its campaign flag off on Tuesday.
The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Joe Igbokwe, has said members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers who clashed at the flag-off of the party’s campaign at Ikeja on Tuesday are members of the party. Igbokwe, who confirmed that the hoodlums were engaged in a supremacy battle, wondered why they brought the fight to the campaign ground. He spoke while reacting to comments on a post he made on the rally.
The APC chieftain, while thanking residents of Lagos in the post, said he had never witnessed such a massive turnout of supporters since he became the publicity secretary of the party in 2007. “NURTW took their gang war to our venue, but thank God it was not worse. We are overcomers,” he later added in a comment. A Twitter follower, Adeniyi Jones, who mentioned the names of some gang leaders, including late Small Jpron, tackled Igbokwe. He said hoodlums in the NURTW were members of the party in the South-West; to which Igbokwe replied: “We are not denying they are our members, but must they take their struggle for power and supremacy to our campaign ground to endanger other people?”
No fewer than eight people were reportedly injured during the rally, including three journalists who sustained gunshot injuries. A leader of the NURTW, MC Oluomo, was also stabbed and rushed to the EKO Hospital, Ikeja, for treatment. The Police had declared another leader of the NURTW, Mustapha Adekunle, aka Seigo, wanted over the clash.
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