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EXCLUSIVE: Lagos APC stakeholders meeting turns violent as aggrieved members pounce on senior party officials over alleged doctored list of Reps, Assembly candidates

Verified information reaching Newsclick Nigeria on Monday evening has it that a stakeholder meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at its secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba, Lagos turned violent after aggrieved party members descended on senior party officials for alleged tampering with the list of the party’s Federal House of Representatives and Assembly candidates.

According to an insider source who participated in the botched meeting, what initially started as a protest later turned violent making everyone present scamper for safety.

“The meeting was summoned by the Lagos APC executives to address grievances that trailed the party’s primaries in the state. Some candidates are believed to be imposed by some powers that in the party thereby killing the chances of those who were duly elected at the primaries. However, in a reaction to the alleged imposition, protesters barricaded the secretariat, preventing some senior party officials including the Governance Advisory Council (GAC) members, state executives, the party’s LGA chairmen and others from gaining access into the party secretariat,”

“We were still battling that when the ACME/State boys took over, beating and harassing any suspected imposed candidates. Party officials were also not left out of the beating.

“The South West Organizing Secretary of the party, Lateef Ibirogba was beaten to a pulp,” the source told Newsclick Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Newsclick Nigeria gathered that the entire list was later forfeited and the meeting postponed.

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