Politics APC members storm Lagos Assembly, Demand Internal Democracy



A group within the Lagos All Progressives Congress, (APC) known as ``New Lagos Movement,'' on Monday stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly demanding that internal democracy be upheld in the party.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters carried placards with various inscriptions.

Some of the inscriptions read: ``Autocracy is not democracy,’’ ``Internal democracy must prevail,’’ ``Practice what you preach,’’ ``Let us be democrats,’’ ``Allow the voice of the people'' and ``No to imposition.’

Other inscriptions read: ``Let us build institutions not oligarchies,’’ ``No absolute power for politicians in Lagos,’’ ``No to autocracy,’’ ``Direct primaries in our constitution,’’ and ``Leaders are not rulers.’’

Mr Niyi Akinsiju, who led the protesters, said the imposition of leaders on the party would not be allowed and urged its leadership to adopt direct primaries in electing party leaders.

``It has become imperative for us to notify the members of our great party of the dangerous trend.

``Our party recognises direct primaries in electing party leaders and the culture of imposition of leaders on the party would not be allowed.

``We call on all lovers of democracy to support this effort as nothing worse can come out of this whimsical declaration of zoning offices.

``It is completely alien to our constitution and we hereby make it clear that it will never be tolerated," he said.

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