by Lanre Adesanya
The Lagos Peoples Democratic Party and Accord Party, contrary to popular belief, have been quite impactful, in the political scene as they were able to win some councillorship seat in the just concluded council elections on Saturday, the 22nd of July 2017.
The PDP faction, led by Mr. Segun Adewale, who have undergone unsuccessful attempts to depose him, was able pull some support in four different local governments: Agege LGA Ward C, Itire Ikate Ward A, Ikorodu LGA Ward D and Oriade LCDA Ward A. The Accord Party also polled some victory in three local government councils; Agege LGA Ward D, Ikosi Isheri Ward D and Somolu LGA Ward E, this was validated at the Monday presentation of certificate of returns to the newly elected council officials by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).
The All Progressive Congress, according to LAISEC, in a reading of the just concluded election, had major victory as they had a total winning of all the 57 council chairmanship seats, despite the contrary opinions of other contending party powers.
Spokesman of the PDP/Labour Party alliance, Taofik Gani, as well as the Labour Party (LP) Chairman, Pastor Biodun Popoola, called for outright cancellation of the exercise, saying, “It was marred by irregularities and snatching of ballot boxes by hoodlums working for the APC.
According to Gani, “At Mafoluku in Oshodi, more than four ballot boxes were snatched while voters were coerced to vote against their conscience.” Gani also alleged that more that 95 per cent of ad hoc staff used by the commission were APC members.
In a similar vein, Popoola alleged that, “LASIEC has failed as the election can never reflect the desires of the electorate.” But Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe commended the security situation during the exercise particularly in some flashpoints like Odi Olowo, Orile Agege, Amuwo Odofin, Orile Agege, Mushin and so on.
Labour Party candidate for Ijaiye Ojokoro, Prince Adefarati Olatunbosun said, “the election is peaceful. The conduct is peaceful. There have not been reports of fracas. But we are still waiting to see the end of the election before we can place a verdict on the entire process.”
The elected chairmen are billed to be inaugurated today at the Adeyemi Bero hall in Alausa secretariat, notwithstanding the agitations from several quarters with claims that the election was conducted in an unscrupulous manner, to favour the ruling party.
Case in point is Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA Ward B where a PDP councillorship candidate Hon. Uche Esomnu allegedly won the seat with a valid document issued to him in the name Abdulrahman Mustapha on it.
The ecstatic chairman of Lagos APC Chief Henry Ajomale, who visited the LAISEC office to felicitate with the newly elected council officials from his party, prior to the issuance of certificate of return.
According to him, it is not unusual to have internal crisis within the party, however, effective mechanisms put in place, ensures that all party members support a preferred candidate.
“So when we go to the poll we go with all sense of responsibility and the people still believe in us, our members immediately towed the line once somebody emerges as candidate.
“If PDP were settled perhaps we will not be able to get all the local governments we got but when you look at 2011 we took everything too so it is magic.
“We will continue to improve on the achievements that we have made and through that we will be able to intensify the people’s confidence in us. We will always make sure that Lagos continues to be the masterpiece in Nigeria in terms of administration and politics, we will continue to set the pace in Nigeria,” said Ajomale.
He also urged the newly elected council officials to team up with the Lagos State Government to ensure delivery on the dividend of democracy.
“We as a party are up to the task, we monitor the fulfillment of our promises and also give them plaques and awards to buoy the performance”, He added .