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How APC Chairman, Tunde Balogun Manipulated LG Primaries – Apapa LG Chairman




The crisis surrounding The All Progressive Congress (APC) local government primary election in Lagos is yet to be doused as more allegations against the leaders of the party have emerged.

Several members have expressed their displeasure and one of the latest aggrieved party is the Local government chairman of APAPA LG, Owolabi Adele.

He has accused  the chairman of the Party in Lagos State,  Tunde Balogun, who is also from Apapa local government of manipulating the election with use of thugs and causing unrest in the primary election that took place weeks ago.

“Honorable Tunde Balogun has caused so many unrest to the community due to his greed and imposition of the present vice chairman of the council to emerged as the chairman of the local government after the election, while the incumbent chairman won the election with evidence of results”

He also revealed that the Lagos APC Chair told him to settle for the position of the Vice chairman if he wants to be in the council, while the Present vice chairman becomes the chairman of the LG despite the fact that the election was in his favour.

In a letter signed sent to NEWSEXTRA, Honorable Owolabi Adele called on the election committee to intervene while accusing the Lagos APC Chair of imposition, gross misconduct and thuggery in the just concluded LG Primary Elections.

Read Appealed letter below to the election appeal committee.




The All- Progressive Congress Primary election which held on Saturday 29th May 2021, in the 20 LGs and 93 LCDAs of Lagos State commenced respectively in all the 5 words of Apapa Local Government but abstractly disrupted by thugs, cult members and miscreants hired by Hon. Tunde Balogun, the state party Chairman and his preferred and anointed aspirant in person of Kelvin Gabriel.

In view of this development, I am humbly seeking for the intervention of the Election Appeal Committee  concerning the unwanted disruption of elections across the 5 wards of Apapa Local Government with the final aim of manipulating the process of choosing our party candidates in the upcoming general elections.

It came as a dismay to all party faithful that no primary election was held in all the 5 wards of Apapa Local Government.

The election day started well behind schedule as the training of the electoral officials and distribution of materials were delayed till past 12noon on Saturday.

After distribution, electoral officials and election materials were transported together in a convey carrying all electoral officials in the same vehicle instead of individual transportation to their respective venue. Some of the electoral officials and materials didn’t get to their various voting centers until about 1pm. This is one of many tactics deployed by the State Chairman (Hon. Tunde Balogun) for his preferred candidate(Hon. Kelvin Gabriel) and the house of representative member Hon. Mufutau Egherongbe and their group to thwart election processes in the local government.


Reports emerging reliably from Ward a was that Mr. Kazeem Giwa,  Babatunde Kakawa and Jimoh Ohis (Hon. Tunde Balogun’s boys) ( with Pictorial evidence attached), disrupted all efforts to commence accreditation of party members so as to begin election process. All these occurrences took place right in front of police personnel that were deployed to ensure peaceful conduct of election. ( Pictorial evidence tagged annexure A1)



In ward B, when electoral officials eventually got to the voting centers at 12:35pm, party members were orderly lined up waiting for the election process to start. The faithful party members (Team Adele) who were ready to cast their votes overwhelmed the crowd  of Hon. Tunde Balogun and his preferred candidate Hon. Kelvin Gabriel. It was obviously that if the electoral officers had conducted the election, I would have won convincingly.


After the set up of election furniture’s and just before the commencement, one Taiwo Adedipe (An aspirants and one of hoodlums of Hon. Tunde Balogun) announced that he has finally decided to step down for anothercandidate and demanded that all supposedly votes in his name should be counted for the person he stepped down for. After much deliberations, electoral officers decided that accepting his assertion will amount to electoral fraud, hence each vote counted will be registered against its rightful owner/aspirant.


While all this was going on, there was no form of violence until the electoral officers got calls from the local government electoral chairman that primary elections had been cancelled in all LGs and LCDAs in Lagos State and before anyone could do or say much, the materials and agents were hijacked by the same Taiwo Adedipe (agent &thugs of Hon. Tunde Balogun), who kicked the ballot boxes and carted away the rest of the materials.


There was no form of resistance from either the party members.


Similarly in ward C , after the electoral officer eventually showed up at about 1pm, it iwas discovered that the electoral officer came with the wrong electoral register, being the one for 2014 instead of the recently conducted party re-registration register which took place earlier in the year. As a result of this, party members became agitated when they could not find their names in the register despite having their party membership slips with them at the electuions venues. (with videos & pictorial evidence). More so, hoodlums emerged from nowhere and started shooting sporadically into the air in an attempt to disperse party members from the venue. Again, these were part of the calculated plans to disrupt the election process in the local government by the Hon. Tunde Balogun.


Ward D

In ward D, where the electoral officer had announced that the councillorship aspirant is running unopposed because the other aspirant was not cleared earlier before the election day, leaving only the election for chairmanship at stake.

Afterwards, two party members were eventually accredited and allowed to vote, only for one Mr. Kunle to announce that elections would not hold for reasons best known to him despite not being the assigned electoral officer, Thereafter, another well–known hoodlum used by Hon. Tunde Balogun known as Dada Ogunyemi [ A.K.A dada]. snatched  the accreditation list from the electoral officer and ran away with it . After so much agitation from party members . one of  the electoral officer was able to take the remaining electoral materials to the  police, [Evidences tagger annexure A2 & A3]

There was a glimpse of hope but sadly , the mode of the operandi that were witnessed in other  WARD  reared its ugly head again to disrupt the processes in this ward too.



As usual, the electoral team even came later than as witnessed in other ward! The were being transported  from ward before finally getting  dropped at Ijor Olaoye Primary school which further delayed the process in ward E, thereby arriving at about 1.30pm.


The election process started peacefully despite the late arrival which can be attributed to the resolute determination of party members  to cast their  vote at a cost. Unfortunately, only 2 electoral officers out of 5 showed up for the exercise party member insisted for election to go ahead as they were prepared to be the councilor and chairmanship aspirant in this election to insist that election  would not hold, thereby  causing pandemonium at the venue.


In view of this development, Apapa  electoral officer Mrs. Adebayo Monsurat was asked if the election should go ahead despite the absence of the other agents. Mrs. Monsurat therefore requested to make a phone call  informed Mrs. Babatude Olaoluwa, who by their conversation on that telephone call informed Mrs. Adebayo Monsurat that the election had been cancelled state-wide.


Upon the announcement of the state-wide cancellation, party members became more agitated and made calls across the state to confirm the purported cancellation only to find it to false . it was after this that Mrs. Monsurat  herself later admitter [on camera] that only Apapa  Local government primary election were cancelled. The source of the authority of the cancellation is still UNKNOWN.


Party members decided there and then that their own ward elections would hold but unfortunately after several hours. This didn’t happen till they all reported themselves peacefully at the Area B police command in Apapa.


[Evidence tagged A4 where Samson Aromire was being begged by the deputy state chairman of NURTW- Alh. Sulaimanojora and Mr. Kunle Azeez.( Popularly as Kunle Poly for more than 2 hours to allow election take place).

video evidence also available of all these happenings.


After the materials had carted away, we decided that our followers (Team Adele) should continue to maintain the orderliness so that we would be able to count their numbers for the sake of future evidence that we were orderly, ready for election in massive numbers. As there was no way Team Tunde Balogun would have beaten that crowd of people.


These are the numbers of party members from Team Adele who were to cast their votes:

Ward A = 233

Ward B =  323

Ward C = 397

Ward D =313

Ward E  =1817

(There are pictorial and video evidences showing the lines up and orderliness while the counting was going on).

The heinous act of the hoodlums as experienced in the 5 wards of the local government was discovered to  bee a con pictorial attempt targeted at ensuring that the primary election process is truncated and eventually prevented from taking place as scripted by APC State Chairman, Hon. Tunde Balogun and acted by his co-conspirators, thereby undermining the  sacrosanct internal democracy that the party is known for.


Hon. Tunde Balogun knew the majority of people were not on his side and that is why he chose this path.

Our appeal is that the will of the people prevails by declaring for another primary election in a well supervised and secured environment in the shortest time possible or alternatively declares me as the candidate of the party.

(Attached are evidence tagged as annexure B1 – B8 where our teeming supporters in respective wards were orderly prepared, waiting for election to take place).

There are videos evidences of all the election processes at the different ward and also written reports of other electoral officers at different wards.

Thank you for your assistance, while accepting the assurance of our best regards always.

Yours faithfully,

Hon. Owolabi Elijah Adele

Executive Chairman



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Re: Need To Call Ugochinyere To Order* By Adamu Kuta.





The press release issued by the Rivers State Caucus in the House of Representatives, titled “Need to Call Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere to Order” is one that anyone who loves Nigeria and the future of Nigeria must pay attention to, study and condemn the warped thinking of those who issued it.
In this regard, while Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Dekor-Leader, Rivers Caucus in the House of Representatives and Hon. Cyril Hart-Secretary, Rivers Caucus in the House of Representatives, are the signatories to the document, the reality is that the statement and the false narrative it sought to push is a clear instance of the “voice of Jacob but the hand of Esau” as the Rivers Caucus is merely running errands for those who are exploiting Rivers State as a staging ground to hijack democracy in Nigeria.
Had the ideas propounded in the statement not been depraved and despicable it would have been comical because of its poor grasp of the fair intervention that Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere made on the theatre of the absurd playing out in Rivers State. The lawmaker representing Ideato North/Ideato South Federal Constituency in Imo State had led a group, G-60, to demand the trial of 23 former local government chairmen in Rivers State for alleged treason after they refused to vacate office upon the expiration of their tenure. Their tenures derived from the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), and to attempt to elongate their tenures without recourse to elections as prescribed in the Constitution is treasonable – it is a violation of the core aspect of the grand norm.
The former local Government Chairmen and some former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who passed a sham resolution to extend council bosses’ tenures are of course openly loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister Nyesom Wike, who is the predeccessor to the incumbent governor, Siminalayi Fubara.
Whatever anyone has said or argued about the descent into anarchy playing out in Rivers State, the abridged version of the fact is that Fubara rebuffed Wike’s attempt to make himself a defacto life governor of the state, what some call the godfather, which is an euphemism for unrestricted access to keep stealing the state’s resources by dictating who occupies every single office in the state government.
That arrangement is criminal. The crisis it has precipitated in River State is even more criminal. Hence the need to commend the honourable feat of people like Ugochinyere who marshalled the bravery to make statesmanly interventions that call attention to the ongoing brigandage by Wike’s loyalists in Rivers State, including the recalcitrant former council chairmen who would not leave office even when their tenure is over.
The House of Representatives Rivers State Caucaus’ statement titled “Need to Call Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere to Order” is consequently a laughable piece of writing by a group of oppressors, tyrants and anarchists who want to go equity with dirty hands.
The caucus is a vocal minority in the House of Representatives whose members are desperate for their coup in Rivers State to succeed so that they can use it as a template to hijack the House leadership, hence their drive to factionalise the House as a precursor to a Wike take-over of the parliament.
So, while not holding brief for Ugochinyere and G-60, it is pertinent to point out the tenuous attempts by the Rivers State Caucus in the House of Representatives to stand facts on their head in their press release.
First, insinuating that the Honourable member is making interventions in the Rivers debacle to “feather his nest” is outlandish as the Caucus members have by this assertion confirmed that they are the ones protecting their feathered nests through their attacks on Ugochinyere. They possibly hope to scare him off from drawing global attention to their reign of infamy in Rivers State. Sadly for them, Ugochinyere was not known to chicken out, even before he became a lawmaker. If the caucus concluded that Ugochinyere was sponsored then it is logical that they too were sponsored.
Secondly, they alleged that his interventions “constitute a thoughtless assault on due process and ongoing judicial processes aimed at resolving the disagreement in Rivers.” On the contrary, the court cases in Rivers State are not aimed at “resolving disagreements”. Rather, the litigations were mostly instituted to stop state capture by Wike and his associates. To the extent that there have been attempts by associates of these caucus members to cow or intimidate the judiciary to hijack the judgment in these cases then the interventions of the likes of Ugochinyere are the vigilance needed to save democracy in Nigeria.
Furthermore, if Ugochinyere is an insignificant twerp in the social space as asserted by the caucus, then he is a useful one because he has compelled his supposed colleagues to reassess the damage they are causing to the grand scheme of Rivers politics and by implication the whole of Nigeria. It is comic that these caucus members believe that only someone from Rivers State has the right to comment or intervene in a crisis that risks being replicated or spreading to other states and ultimately set Nigeria ablaze.
Of course, the current situation in Rivers State concerns Hon. Ugochinyere, who has experienced a version of the evil franchise in his home state, Imo State; a state where he was repeatedly targeted for assassination by people who share the same ideology as the caucus members. His intervention in Rivers is thus to ensure that a new strain of the madness is not allowed to mature and spread to another state, which does not require that the matter be brought to the floor of the House before he acts proactively.
As a parting shot, members of the caucus must hide their faces in shame since it took their colleague from Imo State to draw national attention to something they should have flagged in plenary under a motion of urgent national importance. The Rivers Caucus can still save their faces by doing the needful and taking genuine steps to end their support for illegality in their home state.
In conclusion, the Rivers lawmakers must publicly call on the leadership of the House of Representatives to recognise Ugochinyere’s contributions in holding up the House as an institution of repute and using its platform to seek a solution to the Rivers State debacle.

Kuta wrote this piece from Bosso.

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Blame yourselves for disobeying Tinubu on Rivers Peace Accord, Not Fubara – Group Tells APC



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Blame yourselves for disobeying Tinubu on Rivers Peace Accord, Not Fubara – Group Tells APC



The Joint Accord for Tinubu and Fubara for 2027 has refuted the claims made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Governor Siminalayi Fubara is solely responsible for the crisis rocking Rivers State in recent times.

In a statement signed by its President, Dr Jackson Adebayo, the group stated that, contrary to the APC’s claims, the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule, the purported Chairman of the state APC Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha and their allies should be held accountable for not respecting the President and father of the nation, rather than Governor Fubara.

Adebayo insisted that Amaewhule, Okocha, and other allies of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, along with their principal, were the ones who created the crisis in Rivers State by disregarding the Rivers Peace Accord that was signed at the behest of President Tinubu.

He emphasised that despite Fubara’s camp complying with the conditions of the peace accord and withdrawing their legal cases, Wike and his allies in both the PDP and APC continued to sponsor attacks on Governor Fubara and his supporters through the media, legally, and physically.

Adebayo added that it is unreasonable for the APC to blame Governor Fubara for a crisis that they and their allies orchestrated.

“Anyone who has been following the happenings in Rivers State can testify to the fact that the political crisis rocking the state is being orchestrated by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and his allies from both the PDP and the APC in a bizarre attempt to destabilise Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s administration. It is, therefore, preposterous for the APC to now be shifting the blame to the victim,” the statement said.

“The real culprits are the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule, the purported Chairman of the Rivers State APC Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha, and their allies. They instigated the crisis by openly breaching the Rivers Peace Accord, which was signed at the request of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“One of the key agreements in the 8-point peace agreement with the President was for both parties to withdraw all court cases. Governor Fubara’s camp complied and withdrew all their cases. However, Wike’s allies in the state assembly obtained a judgment from Justice Omotosho’s court in Abuja, undermining the agreement. This not only violated the spirit of the peace accord but also reignited tensions within the state.

“It is regrettably lugubrious, to see democratic institutions supporting undemocratic behaviour exhibited by former local government chairmen who insisted on remaining in office after their tenure ended. Governor Fubara acted responsibly by constituting Caretaker Committees until a fresh election is conducted.

“The APC and their allies lack the locus standi to criticise Governor Fubara’s actions and should not blame him for the crisis in the state. It’s important to note that the people of Rivers are his employers, and they are satisfied with his actions so far.

“As a party, the APC should not allow itself to be involved in the crisis by the purported Chairman of the party’s state Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha, who is influenced by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, a PDP chieftain. The party should maintain a neutral stance to continue enjoying the goodwill of the people of Rivers.”

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Rivers: Network Of NGOs Condemn Violence, APC’s Call For State Of Emergency



*Rivers: Network Of NGOs Condemn Violence, APC’s Call For State Of Emergency


The Network of NGOs on Peace Building in Nigeria has condemned in strongest terms the security situation in Rivers State following the expiration of the tenure of local government officials.

The group also criticised the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) call for a state of emergency to be declared in the state as a “reckless and cynical ploy to exploit the situation for political gain”.

In a statement signed by its leader, Comrade Johnson Nwogu, the NGOs said the APC does not mean well for Rivers and its actions are a deliberate attempt to throw the state into further chaos and confusion.

According to Nwogu, the call for a state of emergency is a thinly veiled attempt to cover up their atrocities in the state ultimately aimed to overthrow the governor.

“The Network of NGOs on Peace Building in Nigeria is deeply concerned and alarmed by the deteriorating security situation in Rivers State following the expiration of the tenure of local government officials,” the statement said.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and chaos that has erupted in the state, perpetuated by the refusal of outgoing local government chairmen, vice chairmen, and councillors to hand over power to the duly appointed heads of administration.

“Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s decision to swear in caretaker chairpersons in accordance with the law was a necessary step to ensure continuity and stability in the governance of the state. However, the opposition APC’s call for a state of emergency is a reckless and cynical ploy to exploit the situation for political gain.

“The APC’s actions are a deliberate attempt to throw Rivers State into chaos and confusion, and their call for a state of emergency is a thinly veiled attempt to cover up their own atrocities in the state.

“We condemn this move in the strongest possible terms and demand that the state chairman of the APC in Rivers State apologise immediately for his role in inciting violence and unrest.

“We urge the people of Rivers State to remain calm and peaceful, and to resist the attempts of the APC to provoke them into violence. We also call on the security agencies to take immediate action to restore peace and order in the state, and to hold accountable those responsible for the violence and chaos.

“We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Rivers State, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and take all necessary actions to promote peace and stability in the state.”

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