Lagos Bye-Elections: INEC allocated votes to APC despite low turn out – PDP alleges

December 6, 2020

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has described the Senatorial and House of Assembly bye-elections in the State as a charade, accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of allocating votes to the APC despite voters’ apathy.

Starnews Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, conducted bye-elections for some federal and state legislative houses in 11 states of Nigeria including Lagos State.

The commission had suspended the polls, earlier scheduled to hold in October, following the violence in many parts of the country, resulting from the #EndSARS protest against police brutality.

But due to the improved security situation in the country, INEC, on November 13, announced December 5 for the conduct of the bye-elections.

Starnews Nigeria learnt that there was low turnout of voters in eight of the 11 states where the Independent National Electoral Commission had conducted the bye-elections on Saturday.

The low turnout of voters was witnessed in Lagos, Imo, Katsina, Borno, Plateau, Bayelsa, Kogi, and Cross Rivers.

The PDP party Chairman in Lagos State, Engineer Adedeji Doherty, while accusing INEC of allocating votes to the APC despite the voters’ apathy rocked the election, said in a statement on Sunday, that relevant lessons have been learnt by the PDP and its stakeholders, assuring that Lagos will be rescued from the ruling APC and its leadership, which according to him is held down for over twenty years.

”In an attempt to do image laundering after the EndSars embarrassment, the APC in collaboration with INEC went about allocating ridiculous votes to party against the PDP in the just concluded Senatorial and House of Assembly Elections.

This was done to give the impression that the APC and their leader are still in firm control of Lagos, which is far from the truth and does not represent the true position of Lagosians.

We all know that the voters’ apathy alone negates the votes allotted to the APC, as less than 10 per cent of the voters in Lagos State took part in the elections.

Furthermore, even despite the lack of interest in the elections by Lagosians, we are all aware of the massive vote-buying by the APC, using State funds.

To the APC in Lagos, this devilish and draconian trend of cash for votes is worthy of celebration as evidence of control of the electorate, but we assure that this will end very soon.

As a party, we have learnt our lessons and we will be ready to face the APC and its leadership, that have held down Lagos State for over twenty years.

We understand the reality of the difficult and manipulative ways of staggered elections and we assure the good people of Lagos State that all hope is not lost as we would be more than ready before the 2023 general elections.

To the various sympathizers of change and new leadership in Lagos, rather than be dismayed, please keep hope alive as I can assure you that we would be repositioned positively for the 2023 elections.

To our numerous party Faithfuls and leaders, we want to assure you that Lagos will fall in the good side very soon in favour of the PDP,” the PDP said.

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