Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, staged a protest against alleged intimidation by the traditional ruler of Imota area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the mammoth crowd of protesters carried placards with different inscriptions like “Election is not war, stop cursing residents voting for other parties”.
PDP called for caution and peace from leaders and elders in the community, saying, ”Imota PDP has brought development to the community, so why will the Oloro traditional ruler curse PDP members and many others?
The protesters who gathered in their numbers moved around the community displaying their placards. They also visited the palace of the traditional ruler to express their grievances.
Mr Adewale Oyebo, a PDP candidate for the Lagos State House of Assembly,(LAHA), Ikorodu Constituency 2, appealed to the community leaders to allow residents vote for candidates of their choice in the forthcoming Governorship and Assembly election.
Oyebo assured the residents of his support and appealed to the electorates to go out en masse and exercise their franchise as directed by the constitution of Nigeria.
“The protest is good and very successful in this community Imota.
“We have some other communities that makeup Ikorodu constituency 2, such as Ijede, Ibeshe, Igbogbo, Baiyeku and others with traditional rulers.
“Traditional rulers are not supposed to be political but in this area of Imota, the ruler is intimidating voters with charms, and cursing those who will want to vote for other parties apart from the All Progressives Congress (APC),” he alleged.
He assured members of victory and urged residents to come out en masse to vote for the PDP which will bring more dividends of democracy to the community if voted into power.
“It is high time people should allow another government to take over and solve the current hardship residents are passing through.
“I have different programmes ranging from free education, women empowerment and so on if voted for,” he said.