The Lagos State branch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the results of the state’s council elections held on Saturday
In a statement, PDP chairman Deji Doherty claimed that the elections were rigged in favour of the ruling APC.
“I seize this opportunity to state categorically that any result published by Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) is fake and unacceptable to PDP in Lagos State” he said.
“We reject any result already released or that would be released and we hereby state that a decision will be taken as regards our next line of action, after the collation of our results and due consultation with our lawyers, he added.
Furthermore, “As a party who are the pioneers of democracy in the country, we believe it is in the best interest of our youths and law-abiding citizens of the state to seek redress legally rather than lock horns with the ruling party in mobilising thugs to shed blood in protecting our votes, he expantiated.
Doherty remarked, “We believe our success in the council elections is not worth the blood of any youth in the state.”
He went on to say that the PDP had noticed that the ruling party had not performed as predicted based on the results so far and had decided to go all out to rig the election.
“This desperation by the APC created a wave of crisis throughout the state especially in Oshodi, Isolo, Agege, Alimosho, Eti Osa, Ojo, Ajeromi Ifelodun, Mushin, Badagry, Ikorodu and a couple of other local government and local council development areas.
“These councils among many others experienced full blown over-voting, ballot snatching, and LASIEC collaboration with APC agents to remove sensitive voting materials out of the councils.
“There was no involvement of other parties in the monitoring of voting materials,’’ Mr Doherty added.
He further revealed that the PDP had reports that some APC members did not vote because they were opposing the party’s imposition of candidates.
“These are very obvious signs that the people have lost confidence in the democratic system in the APC-led government of Lagos State.
“We stand bold to say that if the results in a free and fair environment are not tampered with, our party would win a few chairmanship seats and a handful of councillorship seats.
“We are sure that LASIEC would not have the courage to publish the real figures of votes counted for all of the participating parties. He remarked, “It is clear that exposing these figures would further divide the APC as a party’’.
In a state with a population of almost 25 million people and close to seven million registered voters, he said that only approximately 200,000 people voted in the election.
Mr Doherty advised all PDP chairmanship and councillorship candidates and their teeming supporters to return to their zones, wards and local government areas and get ready for the 2023 general elections.
The APC’s Publicity Secretary in Lagos State, Seye Oladejo responded to the claims by saying that the PDP should be ashamed of their justifications for losing the election.
“While we cannot hold the LASIEC brief, the PDP should be ashamed of its age-long excuses for their constant failure since the adventof democracy.
“Their inherent failure is borne out of ambition, direction, and leadership.
“The results of last Saturday’s elections were the peoples’ total rejection of the PDP as a party and their refusal to associate with unserious elements.
“We, however, commend them for at least participating in the spirit of the Olympics,’’ he said.