A video made available to Freelanews has alleged that prominent members of the ruling party in Lagos, All Progressives Congress, APC, were attacked today, July 26, 2022 at the party secretariat on Acme Road.
While an unconfirmed report claimed Lagos deputy governor, Dr. Femi Hamzat, was not spared, it was alleged that the incident occurred during the reconciliation and harmonization meeting organised by party elders and leaders.
However, according to a statement by the party over the pandemonium, the aggrieved members of party went wild to protest alleged manipulations in the last party’s primaries conducted in some local government areas of the state.
And contrary to reports that Dr. Hamzat was attacked, the deputy governor calmed frayed nerves in the ensuing melee when he arrived at the state party’s Secretariat, in Acme, Ogba.
The meeting which commenced earlier was abruptly brought to a halt as suspected political miscreants from Lagos Mainland reportedly took over the venue of the stakeholders’ meeting.
The suspected political thugs were allegedly from two contending factions of the party from Mainland, with a retiring member of the House of Representatives (name withheld) said to be the leader of one of the groups.
The chieftain who is a candidate for an office in 2023 election, said he was stopped from driving his car into the party secretariat and some suspected thugs stopped him from accessing the meeting room.
The meeting was later rescheduled, without a definite date, while the state governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, who was absent at the meeting, is to now chair the rescheduled parley.
According to an eyewitness who preferred anonymity, “The Local Government in question is Lagos Mainland which has several knotty issues that needs to be cleared and managed.
“The protest was very normal to us, as party members, it was bound to, but the Deputy was the main person that handled and calmed the situation.”