By Charles Kumolu
The sudden death of Mr. Elijah Adewale, who represented Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on July 20, 2016, opened the way for tomorrow’s by-election.
The death of the lawmaker in Abuja one year after he was inaugurated left his seat at the House vacant, necessitating another election in line with the 2015 Act guidelines.
The deceased was elected into the House on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had been Chairman Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government from 2004 to 2007 after which he became a Special Adviser on Education to Lagos State Government from 2009 to 2011.
It was in line with the stipulation of the Electoral Act that the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, announced last month, that the exercise would hold in Lagos tomorrow.
Vanguard learnt that six political parties would be participating in the exercise which INEC said would have INEC staff in neighbouring LGAs and 3,440 corps members as Presiding Officers.
In the build up to today’s event, the commission had cleared the following candidates and parties for the exercise: Yusuf Olawale Fatai, Action Alliance, AA; Adebayo l Akanbi, Alliance for Democracy, AD; Olugbenga Owolabi, Advanced Democratic Congress, ADC; Akinwunmi Olaitan, All Progressives Congress, APC; Babatunde Akinyele, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and Ajiboye Olorunshomi, Social Democratic Party, SDP.
However, the commission while reiterating its commitment to conducting a free and fair election recently in Lagos, noted that 1,500 card readers would be deployed to ensure a seamless exercise.
Speaking through its Administrative Secretary in its Lagos Office, Mr. Clem Oha, INEC urged stakeholders to be peaceful and allow a conclusive exercise, noting that accreditation and voting would be held simultaneously during the election.
The commission was not the only party concerned about orderliness during the poll, as the leaders of leading political parties also urged the commission to be fair to all during the exercise.
Notwithstanding, analysts foresee that the race would be a battle majorly between the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.