The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday warned that it would not condone violence or breach of the peace by any of its members in the state.
He spoke against the backdrop of a clash that erupted among members in the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) chapter on Thursday, which left some members hospitalised.
Igbokwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone that he was not in Lagos and did not have the full details, but the party would not condone violence for any reason.
He, however, said that the party would investigate the matter and employ dialogue to bring the matter to a closure.
Igbokwe spoke as a lawmaker representing Apapa in the state house of assembly, Mr Olumuyiwa Jimoh, urged aggrieved members to sheath their swords.
Jimoh, the Deputy Majority Leader, Lagos State of House Assembly, told NAN that the crisis stemmed from some allegations of wrongdoing levelled against the chairman of the LCDA chapter of the party.
He, however, said that the allegations against the chairman, Alhaji Marufdeen Gbadamosi, had been investigated and found to be untrue.
“The situation has been brought under control as we speak. However, it not good that some few people to feel they can hold the entire council into ransom.
“It is white lie that the chairman of APC in the LCDA was favouring people who are loyal to him. We have investigated that and we found it to be a lie.
“However, it is obvious that a person may prefer to give his loyalists something than others who are not loyalists, which I may also do. We should unite ourselves,” he said.
Jimoh said those who were angry that the chairman had been in office for more than 10 years, should realise that he was democratically elected by the people.
“He won election into the office. Anyone who is not comfortable with this should contest in the subsequent election.
“Few people cannot hold us to ransom; this man won the election for the third term in October 2015. This is not an argument in a democratic system,’’ he said.
Jimoh urged all stakeholders to remain calm and united for the good of the party.
However, a party member, who sought anonymity, said there was still tension in the area and urged the party leadership to ensure that the problem did not degenerate.
He said that but for police intervention on Thursday, much more damage would have been done, which was not good for the party’s image.
“A meeting is being arranged again and the police have to be there to maintain peace; that shows you how tense things are,” he told NAN.
He appealed to the party leadership to be proactive and to avert more problems.