August 2, 2021

Group condemns conduct of Council election in Lagos, writes LASIEC, others


By Arogbonlo Israel

A group under the aegis of Alimosho Youth Development Association of Nigeria (AYDAN) has petitioned the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, over alleged electoral fraud perpetrated during the council election held in Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA on Saturday, July 24.

In the petition signed by its president, Comrade Ogungbade Lateef and forwarded to Vanguard, the group also petitioned the state chairman of the APC, Tunde Balogun, to look into the matter and resolve it without further delay.

According to the group, it was aware that the inauguration of the fifth Assembly of the councils across the Alimosho federal constituency was held in four local council development areas and one local government area in Alimosho federal constituency.

AYDAN, however, noted that the executive chairman of Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, David Adedapo Famuyiwa, has postponed the inauguration twice before Thursday, July 29.

It said that its members from the LCDA who witnessed the swearing-in ceremony and inauguration of the 5th Assembly confirmed that only three councilors out of the seven duly elected were sworn-in by Mr. Famuyiwa.

The group noted that the LAIEC issued a certificate of return to Famuyiwa as an executive chairman of the council.

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“We saw the act of denying a validly elected councilor been sworn in like a slap to the entire people of the Ward where the councilor came from, and one would be wondering why such court injunction that you claimed you were given from A candidate that was not announced as the winner of the election by Lagos State independent Commission (LASIEC) or why such injunction was not given to LASIEC chairman or the party why you,” the statement partly read.

AYDAN, therefore, urged Famuyiwa to within 72 hours ultimatum inaugurate the 5th Assembly of the LCDA to avoid a peaceful protest in the council in order to prevent truncation of democracy.

Recall Vanguard had previously reported that a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Alimosho federal constituency, Prince Idris Balogun, petitioned the leadership of the party, calling for urgent intervention over some crises in the party.

It was reported that Balogun made this known on Tuesday, July 27, in a letter written to APC Lagos secretariat and the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Balogun said the happenings in the political arena in the Alimosho area of the state call for serious concerns and attention in order to save the party from implosion.

Vanguard News Nigeria