- The violence in Lagos state during the presidential and National Assembly continues to attract condemnation
- Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour has condemned the violence, which was mostly targeted at his party’s supporters
- The Labour Party governorship candidate also called on INEC to ensure that all polling unit results are uploaded
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Lagos - Labour Party (LP) ’s governorship candidate in Lagos, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has condemned what he called “the massive violence” unleashed on the party’s supporters in many parts of the state.
He said LP supporters were attacked in Ikate, Surulere, Sangotedo, Aguda, Oshodi, and several areas in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
Gbadebo alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) orchestrated violence in most areas seen as the stronghold of the LP in the presidential and National Assembly polls.
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“We are disturbed by the reporting we are getting about the attacks on our supporters in Ikate, Sangotedo, Aguda, Oshodi, and Isolo, among others. This is sad for democracy. Ballot boxes were snatched, voters were threatened and beaten.
“We saw the video where a thug was asking those not voting for APC in Surulere to leave the queue if they don’t want to be beaten.”
The former Lagos West senatorial candidate, who expressed satisfaction about the party’s performance in most polling units in the state, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to upload results on their portal as promised.
“I must commend Lagosians for their determination and doggedness to withstand the intimidation. However, I am shocked that INEC is yet to open their portal for the uploading of presidential results.
“The results were supposed to have been uploaded on the portal after declaration at the polling units but I am shocked that till now, the portal is closed. They said they are having network challenges, but results of Senatorial and House of Representatives are available.”
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It would be recalled that the voting process that started peacefully in the state later turned violent after armed thugs invaded some polling centres.
The armed thugs who besieged areas in Oshodi, Itire, Aguda, Surulere and Badagry also set ablaze some ballot papers and boxes in the areas.
The thugs also injured some officials of INEC before carting away ballot boxes containing already thumb-printed ballot papers.
Though security men later restored normalcy to some crisis areas, palpable tension still hovers around the affected places.
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Meanwhile, Donatus Mathew of the Labour Party has won the Kaura Federal Constituency seat in Kaura local government Area of Kaduna state.
The Returning Officer, Prof. Elijah Ella, who declared the result on Sunday, February 26, said Mathew polled 10,508 votes to defeat his closest opponent, the incumbent, Gideon Gwani of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 10,508 votes.
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The defeated PDP lawmaker is taking a shot at the seat for the fifth time.
Labour Party wins House of Representatives seat in Abia state
In a related development, INEC has declared Honourable Ginger Onwusibe of the Labour Party as House of Representatives member-elect for Isialangwa North and South Federal constituency n Abia state.
Ginger, a former council chairman, defeated the immediate past Chief of Staff of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Professor Anthony Agbazuere.
Ginger polled a total of 20,411 valid votes to win over his PDP opponent, who polled 13508 votes.