Some aggrieved Accord Party faithfuls yesterday, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 stormed the head office of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) in Yaba, to protest what they termed large scale irregularities in the last Saturday local government election that took place in the state, claiming that the party won clearly six chairmanship seats whereas the commission only declared just three councillorship seats in the final results.
The protesters, who walked partly naked on the streets of Lagos and back to the party’s office in Ilupeju, were led by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dauda Kako Are, who was accompanied by candidates of the party in the election, including Hon. Owolabi Taiwo, Hon, Akeem Olusekun, Hon. Salaudeen Arisekola, among others.
While briefing the newsmen, the leader of the protesters, Hon. Dauda Kako Are said the party won chairmanship seats in Ikosi- Isheri, Orile- Agege, Agege, Shomolu, and others, vowing that he was ready to lay down his life to reclaim the mandate, declaring that rigging and election irregularities should be stopped in the state.
“Enough is enough, we have had three experiences in election irregularities now. Enough is enough. We have been silent before, we are not going to keep silent anymore,” he vowed.
Kako Are, therefore, claimed that the LASIEC must revisit the election results and come out to announce the genuine ones, as he charged the appropriate authorities to fish out the culprits that disrupted the poll exercise with violence and bring them to justice.
Meanwhile, another Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction led by Otunba Segun Adewale has expressed shock over what he described as the magnitude of election malpractices perpetuated by the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) during last Saturday’s local government election and vowing that “every illegality perpetrated at the polls will be challenged and exposed at the Election Petition Tribunal by the PDP.”
Also speaking on the poll exercise, leader of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of PDP, Otunba Adewale, maintained that the Saturday local government poll was neither free nor fair, lamenting that the party contested not only against the ruling APC but against itself, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the security agencies.
“PDP members in Lagos demonstrated capacity and courage within available limited resources. Our driving force at the election is our urge to deliver Lagosians from the stronghold of the APC misrule, lack of focus and clear ineptitude which is a manifestation of Burdilion dictation.