It was another great success for the Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress (AC) last Saturday, as the party candidates won in all the 20 Local Governments Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state, during the council polls.
Announcing winners of the elections, the Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Justice Fatai Adeyinka (rtd) said the AC swept all the chairmanship and councillorship slots in all the 57 council areas.
Amid funfare, the LASIEC boss issue certificate of return to all the chairman-elect, while the zonal LASIEC Commissioner presented similar certificates to the councilor-elects.
While the AC members, supporters and sympathizers were jubilating for the success of the party in all the council areas, some protested against the election, alleging that the election was married with irregularities.
Presenting certificates to the AC candidates, the LASIEC boss described the outcome of the polls as a monumental success.
The AC, led by Otunba Oladele Ajomale hailed the state electoral commission for conducting what it termed a hitch-free exercise, saying that the commission has set another record in the history of electioneering in the country which other states would want to emulate.
The party said that all efforts by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to sabotage the polls motivated the ruling AC in the state to go into the contest as if it had formidable opponents.
Spokesman of the party, Mr. Joe Igbokwe said that Lagosians voted enmasse for the party’s flagbearers because they were impressed by the achievements of Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) of the state.
Igbokwe said that he elections has triggered some issues which the main opposition party (PDP) sought to use to whip-up sentiment and confuse the public.
The party chieftain dismissed the claim of illegality of the polls by the PDP as “baseless,” recalling that all the processes were strictly followed.
According to him, Lagosians trooped out to endorse the creation of the additional councils on the poll day, stressing that their response to the electoral call jolted the PDP out of its delusion.
Rejecting the claim of the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA), one of the parties that participated in the election that the election was fraught with irregularities, Igbokwe said that DPA is only existing on the pages of newspapers in Lagos.
Meanwhile, an election monitoring group, “Advocacy for Right Governance” observed that the election was largely peaceful, fair and transparent.
The president of the organization, Dr. Mike Adewusi said that though there was low turn-out in some local government, there were no malpractices.
Adewusi gave LASIEC a pass mark, urging other electoral bodies in the neighbouring state to emulate it.