Labour Party chieftains in Badagry accused of imposing candidates for assembly election

Labour Party members in Badagry, on Monday, decried the imposition of candidates on the party for the March 18 House of Assembly election.

Addressing reporters, Mark Akande, the LP chairman in Badagry, said some chieftains had imposed candidates for the legislative seats in the assembly on the party.

He said the names of candidates for the assembly election submitted by stakeholders of the party in Badagry differed from the names submitted to INEC by the party’s officers in the state.

“I want to make it categorically clear that as the chairman of LP in Badagry, we don’t know anyone bearing the names Okoya Ashafa or Ajani Olanrewaju.

“In Badagry, we have been working with Sewanu Jayesinmi, who is our candidate for Badagry Constituency 1 and one Efe Omoya, candidate for Badagry Constituency 2, since April 2022.

“We are surprised to see a list of ghost members some day ago, parading themselves in the party secretariat as candidates for the House of Assembly,” Mr Akande said.

The party’s chairman in Badagry appealed to the state leader of LP to do the right thing.

He said Messrs Jayesinmi and Omoya were the party candidates in Badagry for the state House of Assembly.

“We are crying out now as party members so that we are not shortchanged in Badagry.

“We don’t want a situation in which they will say we are not united; our candidates should be given support,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Omoya, candidate for Badagry Constituency 2 for LP, said he was in the race to help his people.

In attendance at the news conference were some chieftains of LP, including Grace Edigbue, the secretary, LP, Badagry; Olusegun Adeniyi, the public relations officer, LP Badagry; Joseph Aliu, vice-chairman, East, and Beatrice Obi, the financial secretary of the party.


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