Opposition Parties Allege Irregularities In Lagos Council Polls

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The National Publicity

Secretary, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Mr Rotimi Fashakin, said in Abuja on Tuesday that the council election in Lagos was marred with irregularities.

Fashakin told The Tide that the election was not free and fair.

On Saturday, October 22, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) conducted local council election which from the results released so far, the ruling party won the majority seats.

Fashakin said: “The election was not free and fair and from the reports we are getting from our men on ground there was attempt to change the result of two councillorship seats that CPC won at the polling stations in Agege” he said.

He said there would not be much outcry on the election that was free, fair and credible.

Fashakin expressed dissatisfaction over comments credited to LASIEC Chairman retired Justice Adeyinka who said that any party that was not satisfied with the outcome of the election should go to the tribunal.

“ Any party that is aggrieved with the result should go to the tribunal, it is not for me to ask people to go to the tribunal, he should only make sure that justice was done,” Fashakin added.

Fashakin declined to make further comments on the CPC‘s next line of action in respect to the election, which, he claimed, was not free and fair.

Meanwhile the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) on Monday announced the result of the council polls held on Saturday.

Protests had trailed the delay in announcing the results with the Lagos PDP alleging that it was deliberate so as to forge the result.

But announcing the result to newsmen at about 6p.m on Monday, LASIEC’s Chairman, retired Justice Abdul-Fatai Adeyinka, said the ACN won the Chairmanship positions in the 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) where elections held.

Adeyinka also announced that out of the 376 wards in the state, the ACN won 355, PDP 18, and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) grabbing two wards.

He also said that the exercise was inconclusive in Ward H in Mushin, adding that the Commission would set a new date for a re-run in the ward.

However, the Commission upturned earlier result announced by its Returning Officer for Badagry Central Chairmanship slot in which the PDP was declared winner.

The LASIEC Chairman declined comments on this development but said parties with grievances should appeal.