Conflicting venues delay PDP primaries in Badagry
Contentious venues for the PDP primaries Lagos State House of Assembly and representatives in Badagry Constituency 1 delayed the start of the elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who monitored the primaries in Badagry Constituency 1 observed that three venues had been selected by the party for the election.
NAN reports that Hotel Kappo, Sango Iledundun, Badagry was the official venue for the election.
However, many party delegates had gathered at the hotel before some of their leaders informed them that the party had chosen another venue for the election, namely Soketa Hotel, Sowhe.
When the NAN correspondent who visited the Soketa Hotel reports that a few PDP members gathered inside the hotel, waiting for INEC officials, party officials and election materials .
NAN reports that some party members gathered at the PDP secretariat in Awaawa wards, Badagry as uncertainty followed the primaries.
However, Ms. Abidemi Akojenu, President of PDP, Badagry, said party stakeholders were meeting in Lagos at the venue of the primaries.
“Right now the primaries are on hold, we are awaiting instructions from our leaders in the state on whether or not the elections will take place,” he said.
NAN also reports that as of 1:00 p.m. after the report was filed, there is no presence of INEC officials to conduct the primaries in the region.
Police, Nigerian Army Reconnaissance Battalion 243 Barracks, Ibereko and Corps of Engineers 15, Topo, Badagry and DSS were seen parading at the three sites.
Similarly, the situation in Ikorodu was the same as delegates to the primaries were seen gathered in groups to discuss, while others apparently moved around awaiting direction from party officials.
The NAN correspondent in Ikorodu reports that as of 1:20 p.m. there were no clear guidelines for party delegates.
Mr. Olamide Lawal, one of the PDP contenders for the National Assembly in Lagos, commended the delegates for their commitment and encouraged them to select the best candidate who would bring democracy dividends to their constituents.
Olamide said the delay was because delegates had not received any information from party leaders to start voting, adding that the party was superior in making decisions.
Olamide expressed his gratitude to the members for their commitment to ensuring smooth and peaceful primaries to elect party flag bearers.
“I am sure of victory,” he said.
NAN reports that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) personnel arrived at the scene around 9:03 a.m., while police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and other security personnel were at the scene. to carry out a check before allowing delegates to enter the premises.