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Wednesday , 12 December 2018

2019: Obanikoro, Yayi’s supporters clash in Lagos, disrupt Ambode’s rally over their candidates

The Lagos West Senatorial Zone on Friday passed a vote of confidence on Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, endorsing him to go for a second term.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that party leaders from the zone, led by Chief Rabiu Oluwa and other members endorsed Ambode at a special assembly in Ikeja.
Other prominent APC members and government officials present include the Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule, former deputy governor, Mrs Sarah Sosan, state party chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, Sen. Olamilekan Solomon (Lagos West) and a former minister, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro.
Sen. Ganiu Solomon; National Woman Leader of the party, Chief Kemi Nelson; Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Kehinde Bamgbetan, and members of the state assembly including, Mr Bisi Yusuf (Alimosho 1) were also at the event.
The party chairmen of the 28 local governments in the senatorial zone were also present at the forum, where Ambode was endorsed via voice vote.
A political drama played out at the venue when supporters of Olamikekan, who had been nursing a gubernatorial ambition in Ogun state and those of Obanikoro tried to outdo one another in a sort of supremacy battle over who should represent the zone in the Senate in 2019.
Olamilekan arrived the venue minutes after commencement with horde of supporters carrying posters and banners with uniform inscription “No vacancy in Lagos West, we want you back as our Senator”.
Not wanting to be outdone, Obanikoro ‘s supporters, armed with “Obanikoro for Lagos West Senatorial Zone” banners, joined Olamilekan’s supporters on the stage, each chanting the names of their candidate.
The situation delayed the programme for about 45 minutes as party leaders and security agencies had a hectic time to control the supporters of the two politicians.
Both Obanikoro and Olamilekan later stood up to control their supporters, who then retreated to their positions, but not without making occasional chants to drive home their choices…”

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