The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in Lagos State, Chief Salis Owolabi, has vowed to challenge in court the result of the election that produced Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress as the governor-elect. His challenges are based on the fact that irregularities were witnessed at certain areas of the state hence producing biased results.
Prior to the governorship elections last week Saturday, two weeks ago when the presidential election results were released, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, rejected the result of the poll as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission challenging their competence and transparency. He stated that there were manifested and premeditated malpractices in many states which negated the results announced. Consequently, he rejected the result of the February 23, 2019 election and threatened to apply legal action.
Same approach is currently been taken by Owolabi as he said that he was going to assemble his legal team to challenge the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission at election petition tribunal.
His words, “I will not and I am not accepting the result of the governorship election because it was fraud against the people of Lagos State. The election was full of many irregularities, people were intimidated while coming out to exercise their rights. In addition, multiple votings were carried out in many polling units. Everything was done by the All Progressives Congress to take credit from the Alliance for Democracy, counting votes of other parties for themselves.”
Owolabi insisted that Sanwo-Olu did not win a free and fair contest, hence his announcement as the winner was not acceptable to him. Will all these child’s play stop and leaders accept responsibilities, looking ahead for the impending tasks that await them? Or would we continue going in circles petting hurt opponents that feel offended by election results? Because really, all this time wasted can be used to achieve productive goals for the betterment of the nation and her citizens.
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