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Lagos Majority Leader Loses Seat In APC State Assembly Primaries

The Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye lost the chance to return to the House on Wednesday afternoon as he was soundly defeated in the House of Assembly primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kosofe Constituency 2.

He polled 173 votes to lose to one Tunde Buraimoh who scored 230 votes. Another candidate, Olojo Kosoko got one vote while the fourth candidate in the election, Oluwole Ogunleye, polled three.

The primary election in the constituency was re-scheduled for Wednesday after violence erupted on Tuesday when the primaries was about to hold.

On Wednesday, just before the election commenced, a leader of the APC, Alhaji Abiodun Sunmola, was beaten up by angry youths in the constituency who believed he should not have been at the venue of the exercise since he was not a delegate or a resident of the area.

He escaped death by the whiskers as he was beaten up by youths from the Kosofe in a continued escalation of violence that followed the party’s primary election for the state House of Assembly in the area.

Sunmola had visited the Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area venue of the re-scheduled primaries which could not hold on Tuesday as it was marred by violence, but met the youths who wanted him to explain his presence in at the venue since he was not from the area.

His attempts to assuage the youths and explain that he only came to the venue to see the situation of things fell on deaf ears as they manhandled him, dragged and then beat him up after wetting his body with water.

The development attracted more people to the scene and led to increased police presence at the entrance into the venue leading some of the delegates to scale fences into the venue while some of those who scaled through the fence were arrested.

The police Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was stationed at the gate of the local government, with over 15 police pick-up vans stationed in various area while they cordoned off the entire IKosi Road where the council is located.

So far, 13 lawmakers intending to return back to the Assembly have so far lost their elections.

Others that had earlier lost include Rasak Balogun, the Chief Whip of the House and representative of Surulere Constituency 2; Ramotallahi Akinola-Hassan (Amuwo Odofin Constituency 2), Mufutafu Egberongbe (Apapa Constituency 1), Hodewu Suru Avoseh (Badagry Constituency 2), Ipoola Omisore (Ifako/Ijaiye Constituency 2), among others.

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