Security operatives on Wednesday, mounted heavy presence at the venue of the special state congress of the PDP to select its governorship candidate in Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the special congress being held at the Haven Ground by the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja GRA.

The security personnel were strategically positioned at various entrances around the premises of the venue.

Several patrol vehicles and Armoured Personnel Carriers were also stationed at the access roads leading to the venue.

Some of the security agencies at the venue are the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Police Bomb Squad, and Private Security among others.

Speaking to NAN, one of the ad hoc delegates, Mr Fatai Shodimu, said his expectation was a peaceful conduct without any disruption and violence.

“We will not be violent, we will be peaceful. We believe our own candidate, Jandor (Olajide Adediran) will emerge as winner,” Shodimu said.

Also speaking, Mr Samsudeen Arobieke, another delegate, expressed optimism that the election would be smooth and peaceful.

NAN reports that the special state congress expected to start at 10am was yet to begin even at the time of filing this report.

Members of the electoral committee who are to conduct the primary election were yet to come but delegates were moving around, expecting the accreditation to commerce.

The PDP is conducting a special state congress to produce the party governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections in Lagos State.

NAN reports that six PDP governorship aspirants in the contest are Ade Dosunmu, Olanrewaju Jim- Kamal, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, Olajide Adediran, Adedeji Doherty, and David Vaughan.

2023: Heavy security presence as Lagos PDP holds governorship primaries