The All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos have accused the opposition party in the state, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP of politicization of #EndSARS protests describing it as “irresponsible.”
Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Seye Oladejo, in a statement expressed the concern of the party, stating that the attention has been drawn to the needless and irresponsible politicizing of the #EndSARS nationwide protest by the opposition PDP.
“It will be recalled that the Lagos State Government since the commencement of the protest march around different parts of the state has been supportive.
“The Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy have taken turns to address the protesters, identifying with the issues at stake and assuring of the state government sympathy.
“The governor, in keeping with his promise, went ahead to present the terms of the resolution of the crisis to President Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja,” Oladejo said.
According to him, in addition, the state government ensured that all the protesters arrested were released.
He added: “It is worthy of note that the most important responsibility of any worthwhile government is the protection of the lives and property of the citizens as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.
“The #EndSARS protest seeks to enforce this provision within the ambit of the citizens’ fundamental human right to life and dignity.
“As a party, we are all concerned about the incessant incidents of police brutality which largely remain unchecked.
“There’s no doubt that no one is immune against the lawlessness of a police force trained and sustained by the taxpayers’ money.”
He said, however, the recent turn of events at the protest today gave serious cause for concern with the attack launched by hoodlums on armless and peaceful protesters.
He called on law enforcement agencies to be alive to their responsibility to protect the citizens of the state from any untoward development that could disrupt peaceful co-existence.
He urged the opposition party to revert to an issue-based campaign.
There have also been reports that the PDP in a statement earlier indicted Sanwo-Olu over the attack, giving him 24 hours to fish out the hoodlums that attacked the protesters in Lagos.