APC Responsible For Violence, Ballot Box Snatching In Lagos – PDP
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of being responsible for the spate of violence and attacks that trailed the Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections held in the state on Saturday.
In a statement issued on Sunday and signed by its spokesperson, Hon. Hakeem Amode, the PDP described the outcome of the elections in Lagos as a charade and a sham.
The party said people were prevented from voting in its strongholds, especially those of the PDP such as Apapa, Ajegunle, Okota, Isolo, and Oshodi, among others.
It added that its agents and indeed party members were witnesses, declaring that such was quite unbecoming of a state as metropolitan as Lagos.
The PDP stated it would be a surprise if, at the end of the day, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is declared as the winner of the election.
The party, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to investigate the exercise, come up with a full report on the election, and evaluate the whole process.
The statement reads: “The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is using this medium to condemn the spate of violence and attacks that trailed the Governorship/State House of Assembly Elections, which took place in the state and across the country on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
“What happened in Lagos State today was not an election, but a charade, and it would be a surprise if at the end of the day the candidate of the APC, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is declared as the winner when people were prevented from voting in the strongholds of the opposition party, especially those of the PDP.
“We are using this medium to call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to investigate the exercise and come up with a full election report and evaluate the whole process.
“We found it appalling that hoodlums, many of whom are said to be working for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), were behind the violence witnessed at several polling units across the state, which disrupted the electoral process.
“This is quite surprising as the APC is a signatory to the peace accord that preceded the election.
One wonders why the APC and its agents resorted to violence despite the claims that they have worked hard and would naturally win the governorship and State House of Assembly elections,” PDP said.
“As a party, we believe that what took place in Lagos State today was not an election but a mockery of our democracy.
“Not only were eligible voters intimidated, but they were also harassed and humiliated and there were reports of killings in some areas of the state.
“Our democracy must be protected at this time and no one should be allowed to truncate what all of us fought for and what we ought to enjoy together. A word is enough for the wise.”