The All Progressive Congress, (APC) rally in Gbagada area of Lagos State yesterday was interrupted by violence as political thugs clashed at the venue leading to the death of two people.
It was learnt that trouble started midway into the campaign when one of the speakers was addressing supporters.
The rally that started on a peaceful accord saw members dressed in the party attire. However, problem started when opposing group took up weapons against each other.
According to an eyewitness, one of the groups, which arrived at the venue late started causing pandemonium as party members were seen running in confusion.
Men of the Nigerian Police force were drafted to the venue to help bring some sanity to the area and in the process they were able to revive one of the thugs stabbed laying helplessly on the ground.
Before Fashola began his speech, teargas were shot outside the venue to dispel the hoodlums who had invaded the rally.
Governor Babatunde Fashola, in his speech claimed that, “President Goodluck Jonathan has shown impunity on Lagos roads, stating that “the President and his party, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, removed business banners already paid for to fix theirs without consulting the appropriate authority.”
He noted that the action of the President was a testimony to the fact that they are desperately in need to continue to stay in power come February 14th.
In his words; “Today also, I saw the desperation of the President and his party. On the third mainland bridge, all the president posters and banners have flooded it. In the constitution, the local government has the responsibility to manage adverts; that is one of their sources of generating revenue.
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“And they have been working with Lagos State Signage & Advertisement Agency, LASAA, not only to clean up the state but to put an institutioThe Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) on Monday in Abuja said the 2015 presidential debates would hold between January 28 and February 5.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NEDG, Mr Sola Omole, disclosed this to newsmen after a meeting of the board, hosted by the former Chairman of Daar Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi.
Omole said that the Directors-General of the Presidential Campaign Organisations of the 14 participating political parties would open the floor on Jan. 28.
This, according to him, will be followed by the Vice-Presidential debates, billed for Jan. 29.
He said the debates involving the presidential candidates would hold in two sessions and would climax on Feb. 5.
Omole said that the group had contacted all the parties involved, adding that they all support the idea.
“We believe that debates are very important components of the democratic process aimed at giving the candidates the opportunity to speak directly to Nigerians.
“We want the Nigerian community to get used to the business of debating issues and we feel that this is a very strong part of building that culture.
“We have met with all the political parties, those we couldn’t meet directly, we contacted their senior officials and they are very supportive of the initiative,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NEDG is a coalition of broadcast, civil society and professional organisations, committed to deepening the country’s democracy.
It is also aimed at entrenching an enduring democratic culture through organised television debates since the return of democratic rule in 1999.
NEDG has put together the presidential debates to give the Nigerian electorate an opportunity to hear directly from all the presidential candidates.
NANnalized framework for advert management. But the President and his supporters have taken over the advert spots on the road.”