By DAPO AKINREFON
LAGOS — LAGOS State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, of alleged manipulation of the Local Government Election Petition process in the state.
State Chairman of the party, Captian Tunji Shelle (rtd), at a briefing in Lagos, claimed the results of the polls were deliberately tilted towards the ACN.
According to him: “On the 22nd of October, 2011, our party, PDP, decided to eventually participate in the ACN supervised LASIEC elections into the contraptions called Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs.
Our participation was not borne out of conviction that the process would be near free and fair, but because we just must oblige the good people of Lagos State our platform to effect the needed change in governance, especially at the grassroots level.”
He alleged that the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, had been infiltrated, claiming “everywhere the PDP won the chairmanship poll and even announced by the empowered LASIEC returning officer, the LASIEC chairman, a retired Chief judge of the state, apparently induced by the ACN leadership, announced corresponding victories for ACN, even without any figure to justify same.