The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has ordered a rerun of the primary elections for Senate and House of Representatives aspirants throughout Lagos State.
The exercise has been rescheduled to hold today, Friday October 5, 2018.
The development might be in connection to the illegalities, violence and mass protests recorded across parts of the State during the primary exercise.
Suspected thugs attacked APC faithful in voting centres in Kosofe Local Government Area (LGA), Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development (LCDA) and Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, among others, This Day reports.
In Kosofe, a party chieftain, Hon. Ibrahim Mustapha, and few other persons narrowly escaped death when the suspected thugs invaded a polling centre in Anthony Village and attacked those exercising their civic rights.
There was also chaos in Ikoshi-Isheri, Ifako-Ijaiye, Agboyi-Ketu, Ikorodu, Somolu, Oyingbo among several others, with hoodlums suspected to be in camps of different politicians attacking each other.
In addition, there were counter claims in the camps of Hon. Bayo Osinowo and Senator Gbenga Ashafa, both contesting to secure the ticket to represent Lagos East Senatorial district in the National Assembly in the 2019 elections.
In a statement yesterday, a lawmaker representing Lagos East senatorial district, Senator Gbenga Ashafa confirmed the incident, alleging that it was fomented by some political thugs sympathetic to a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Bayo Oshinowo.
Ashafa alleged that a few persons were injured while several others were threatened by the thugs, noting that his ambition “is not worth the blood of any Nigerian and should in that light, call his supporters to order.”
Meanwhile, the House of Assembly primary election holds today as originally scheduled. In addition, all the venues for the election remain the same.