Jimi Agbaje and Bode George’s thugs brought guns to governorship primary – Obanikoro

by Kolapo Olapoju

 

Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has told a court that PDP chieftain, Olabode George, and the governorship candidate of the party in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje, recruited armed thugs to intimidate opponents and commit other atrocities at the party primary held on December 8.

Obanikoro’s revelation was contained in an affidavit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, in support of his suit challenging the conduct of the governorship primary in which Agbaje was declared as the winner.

The former minister said: “I also saw the police recovered five guns and rounds of ammunition and live cartridges from the thugs brought by Chief Olabode George and Mr. Jimi Agbaje, a co-aspirant.”

He alleged in his suit filed on December 18 that the election was marred by electoral irregularities, such as over-voting, intimidation of his delegates by thugs loyal to George and Agbaje as well as improper accreditation of delegates.

According to him, 806 delegates were accredited for the primaries but “surprisingly from the 806 accredited delegates, the electoral officers returned a total number of 866 votes.”

Obanikoro added that the accreditation of delegates which ought to last between 8am and 12pm, as stipulated by the Electoral Guidelines published by the PDP, did not start until as late as 6.30pm.

In his affidavit, Obanikoro stated: “That the thugs earlier brought by Chief Olabode George and Mr. Jimi Agbaje, a co-aspirant, at this point began to disrupt the venue by throwing bottles, stones and firing gunshots in the direction of the delegates loyal to me and preventing other delegates loyal to me from entering the venue.”

“That the gunshots attracted another detachment of policemen, who engaged the thugs in a gun and tear gas battle during which many of the delegates loyal to me ran for their dear lives to avoid being caught in the crossfire between the police and the armed thugs.”

“That I know as a fact that many of my delegates who ran for their dear lives in the ensuing violence and gun battle never returned and were consequently disenfranchised, as it took the police several hours to restore some semblance of normalcy.”

“That I saw that the police recovered five guns and rounds of ammunitions and live cartridges from the thugs brought by Chief Olabode George and Mr. Jimi Agbaje , a co-aspirant.”

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