AD, LP Demand Sanwo-Olu's Sack In New Petition To INEC

Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos State have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare its candidate Owolabi Salis winner of the March 9 election.

The AD chairman Kola Ajayi made the demand at a joint conference in Lagos by the AD and Lagos State Labour Party (LP), saying his party petitioned the Lagos State Electoral Tribunal to invalidate the election of the governor-elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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He added that the party was not calling for the cancellation of the results but to declare the AD candidate the winner of the polls.

He said: “Though there were evidence that the March 9, governorship election was full of inconsistencies, vote buying and cloning of PVC, we are at the tribunal to demand for justice.

“The number of votes which was slightly over 3,000 ascribed to our candidate was a far cry from what the party polled during the election. The AD members alone in Lagos is over 13,000 members.

“AD won the election in Lagos, we have gathered our material preparatory to make our defence at the tribunal. The international community, local observers and eminent Nigerians who monitor the governorship election made their submission that what INEC declared fall short of expectation.

Along the same line, the LP governorship candidate Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi said the election should be cancelled, noting that his members and agents for the election were not allowed to participate in the election.

He insisted that LP would exhaust every peaceful means to get justice, noting that the party had equally petitioned the electoral tribunal.

According to him, March 9 election was the most inaccurate election conducted by INEC in Lagos.

“It was very unfortunate that INEC went ahead with the election. When INEC ushered stakeholders to inspect voting materials prior to the election, we noticed some deficit which INEC promised to address, but to our chagrin, this was not considered.

“Even when I protested during the counting of ballots, I was ordered to be bundled out of the premises but I resisted. The undemocratic tendencies displayed by INEC in collaboration with some security agencies indicated that the process was concocted to favour the ruling party.”