The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter has protested the outcome of last Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
In a letter signed by its State Legal Adviser,AdelekeAdefala and addressed to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Lagos State Independent National Electoral Commission, the party said contrary to the provision of the electoral body, card readers were not used in some local governments in the state.
It therefore demands that the result of the election should be suspended pending when its grievances will be addressed.
The statement reads “I, on behalf of our Governorship candidate, the State Assembly candidates and the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State write to bring to your attention the following issues for your immediate attention and resolution”.
“Our Candidates have brought to our attention that contrary to electoral rules and guidelines, the newly introduced card readers were not used in the following local Governments Epe,Badagry, Mushi Ikorodu, EtiOsa, Alimosho, Ikeja, IbejuLekki, Lagos Island and some parts of other Local Governments”.
“This amounted to no proper accreditation of voters and a denouncement of the sanctity of the voting process”.
“There were numerous complaints of front and uploading of the card readers with fictitious names before commencement of accreditation in areas where card readers were used i.e Lagos Island, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Lagos Mainland and Badagry”.
“We hereby demand for the suspension of the collation and release of the results pending investigation into our complaints”
“A simple step is for INEC to present for inspection the data from the card readers allocated to the above mentioned Local Government areas since the INEC premises is WiFi enabled, the card reader can be accessed for instant verification.
In the interest of justice, fair play and electoral transparency and the confidence reposed by the Nigerian voters in INEC as a veritable institution of democratic tenets” the party said.