Nollywood actress and PPD Lagos state deputy gubernatorial candidate Funke Akindele was kicked out of the Ikosi fruit market by suspected thugs on Tuesday while campaigning.
Speaking about the incident, PDP gubernatorial candidate Abdul-Azeez Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, in an interview with NAN, confirmed that his campaign was disrupted following the incident.
During a meeting with the chief imam of the Ketu Central Mosque, Jandor confirmed that a member of the security team was stabbed while others, including journalists, were injured.
However, he confirmed that the actress left the campaign train while the team continued to move through the streets of the council.
In October 2022, Jandor clamored for similar situations that had repeatedly occurred in various local government areas since it began its tour of 245 districts.
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PDP Lagos spokesman Hakeem Amode in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES alleged that the local government chairman sent the thugs to disrupt his campaign.
He said: “Usually when we go to the market, Funke Akindele goes to the market to talk to the market women, and we know that it is our right to be able to speak freely, a campaign for anyone.”
He alleged that the president of the Ikosi LCDA, Abolanle Bada, brought thugs to intimidate them.
He said: “The local government chairwoman entered the market, used her car to blockade, and brought a group of thugs to attack us at Kosofe local government, which is very, very sad; It’s unbelievable that we’re not allowed to talk to people freely.”
“Under the new electoral law, we are free to campaign anywhere; this is Lagos, where we should be able to talk to everyone without intimidation or discrimination. That shouldn’t even happen,” he added.
He also stated that it was not the first time it had happened.
More than thugs
Mr. Hakeem also revealed that bullying has escalated beyond the point of bullying during market campaigns.
“Those to whom we gave our campaign materials have gone to evict them from their homes and ask them not to come to the market; they came crying to our campaign offices. These are market women who paid for the stalls they are using in the market.”
“Why should we go to this level of harassment and intimidation of our members? Even the market women.
Again, he claimed that they had been attacked in other markets.
Hakeem claimed that the team had no choice but to withdraw and join Jandor, where he was campaigning, lest the situation escalate more violently.
The PRO once again claimed that the president of the Ikosi LCDA was responsible for Tuesday’s bullying, and had videos to prove it.
When PREMIUM TIMES called the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Seye Oladejo, regarding the allegations, he denied any knowledge of the event.
He said: “PDP people are well known for their wild accusations; If people were attacked, I think that is what the security organizations would be interested in; I don’t think the solution is to take it to the media.”
“As far as we are concerned, we are not in the business of violence; our party is going for the win, so why should we be distracted by people who can’t even get their house in order and want to get into government?
Mr Oladejo stated that APC is not under any pressure for the elections and advised any party that claims to have been attacked to take the matter to court.
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The actress, popularly known as Jenifa, was officially introduced as Jandor’s running mate in her hometown Ikorodu in July 2022.
Jandor chose her from a shortlist of five nominees, which included Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, Kolawole Vaughan, Adenike Shobajo and Rasheed Teslim-Balogun.