The political climate in Lagos, Nigeria has been heating up in recent days, with tensions rising ahead of the state’s local government elections. Supporters of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), have been issuing warnings to those who do not support their party.
A group of about two dozen men, believed to be APC supporters, walked around the Agbo-Oba and other streets in the Oshodi area, issuing threats to residents. Their message was clear: if you do not plan to vote for APC, you should stay in your house on election day.
APC thugs came out and were seen roaming the streets, threatening people who they suspected would not vote for APC, saying 'If you don't want to vote for APC, stay in your house.' the police always dismiss it as a joke.— preach love ❤️ (@redcap_blondie) March 18, 2023
Gbadebo Rhodes| Oshodi Southern Kaduna| Omo Agege| Mama G pic.twitter.com/iYtM9ESWfr
This threat echoes a similar statement made by Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, at a gathering on Thursday. His comment sparked widespread outrage, with many people interpreting it as a threat of violence against those who do not support APC.
However, on Friday, the Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages Management Committee, who is also a member of the APC, recanted the statement made by MC Oluomo, stating that it was a joke aimed at one Mama Chukwudi.
Despite this clarification, tensions remain high in Lagos, with many people expressing concern about the possibility of violence during the upcoming local government elections. The Lagos State Police Command has promised to provide adequate security during the polls, but it remains to be seen whether this will be enough to prevent any incidents.