The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State challenged the results of Saturday’s council elections in the state on Monday.
In a statement released on Monday, PDP state chairman Deji Doherty claimed that the elections were rigged in favor of the ruling APC.
“I seize this opportunity to state categorically that any result published by Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) is fake and unacceptable to PDP in Lagos State.
“We reject any result already released or that would be released and we hereby state that a decision will be taken as regards our next line of action, after the collation of our results and due consultation with our lawyers.
“As a party who are the pioneers of democracy in the country, we believe it is in the best interest of our youths and law-abiding citizens of the state to seek redress legally rather than lock horns with the ruling party in mobilising thugs to shed blood in protecting our votes.
“We believe our success at the council elections is not worth the blood of any youth in the state,’’ Doherty stated.
He added that the PDP had observed from the results received so far that the ruling party did not perform as expected and decided to go all out to rig the election.
“This desperation by the APC created a wave of crisis throughout the state especially in Oshodi, Isolo, Agege, Alimosho, Eti Osa, Ojo, Ajeromi Ifelodun, Mushin, Badagry, Ikorodu and a couple of other local government and local council development areas.
“These councils among many others experienced full-blown over-voting, ballot snatching, and LASIEC collaboration with APC agents to remove sensitive voting materials out of the councils.
“There was no involvement of other parties in the monitoring of voting materials,’’ Doherty added.
He also stated that the PDP had reports that some members of the APC did not vote as they were protesting against the imposition of candidates in the party.
“These are very obvious signs that the people have lost confidence in the democratic system in the APC-led government of Lagos State.
“We stand bold to say that if the results in a free and fair environment are not tampered with, our party would win a few chairmanship seats and a handful of councillorship seats.
“We are sure that LASIEC would not have the courage to publish the real figures of votes counted for all the participating parties. It is clear that exposing these figures would further divide the APC as a party,’’ he stated.