PDP to challenge Buhari’s win in Lagos

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

The Peoples Democratic Party has said it would challenge the results of the election in some local government areas in Lagos State.

Speaking to journalists at the end of the collation exercise in Lagos, Monday, Wahab Owokoniran, said that a lot of things went wrong during the election.

“Most of the card readers were not functioning. And the manual (accreditation) that was done much much later has really disenfranchised a lot of people,” Mr. Owokoniran said.

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, polled 792,460 votes to defeat President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP who got 632,327 votes.

Out of the 20 local government areas in the state, the PDP won only five – Surulere, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Oshodi-Isolo, Amuwo Odofin, and Ojo.

The announcement of the results in Lagos began at around midnight on Sunday and was concluded by 8 p.m. on Monday.

There was a protest outside the INEC state office on Monday as youth from Badagry came to register their displeasure with the outcome of the election in their area.

Also, during the announcement of the results, Mr. Owokoniran protested the outcome in Apapa local government where he said hoodlums hijacked the election result during collation.

“Eventually, I learnt that they came around the INEC office, probably outside to collate the figure and they brought it here. That was one of the reasons why I objected. If the thing was not properly collated at the collating centre, it makes it invalid,” Mr. Owokoniran said.

In addition to Badagry and Apapa local government areas, Mr. Owokoniran said they would also contest the results in Ikeja and Alimosho local councils where he said a lot of prospective voters were disenfranchised.

He submitted petitions to INEC over their displeasure with the outcome of election in some of the local governments.

“The smart card reader has caused a lot of problems and these are some of the things our party has been saying all along.

“We will go to the tribunal in some of these local governments.”

But Akin Orebiyi, the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, said that card reader malfunction was not limited to a particular local government or area in the state.

“Again, INEC regrets this and at the same time we also at the right time allowed manual accreditation which was also to all parties and not just one,” said Mr. Orebiyi.

“So to that extent, I don’t think a single party can now accuse INEC of undermining its fate at the expense of another.

We are going to look at the workings of the smart card readers, see where things had gone wrong, and look for ways to improve.”

On the issue of people protesting at the INEC office, Mr. Orebiyi said they ought to have channelled their complaints through the appropriate quarters.

“We need to understand the guidelines for the conduct of elections,” he said.

“If for example, in a polling unit, there was something untoward, it is at that polling unit you raise objection. And by the time we take the results from the ward, you can also object there so that that polling unit result will not be collated at the ward level.

“But if you left it at the polling unit undone, left it at the ward level undone, left it at the local government undone, you cannot come to the INEC state office to obtain what you could not obtain.

“This is why we took the extra mile this year, on February 7th we trained party agents to bring them to a proper understanding of the conduct of the election and what their responsibilities and duties are. And what measures they ought to take at every time and every electoral process.

“The only thing we could do is to receive petitions.”


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  • Ole

    plaes do.

    • dareolu1

      ahahahahahaahahah…Nigeria’s Main Opposition Party, PDP….I dey laf o..

  • tundemash

    Playing the catch up game ….. Please do challenge it. We said we don’t want you in town but u insist on cheerleading us, we would let u know te only way u understand it…. ROGUES !

    • Guguru

      tunde,

      No mind them. Notice that the e-rats are slowly disappearing back into their underground holes.

  • MushinSpeaks

    No doubt, PDP is now the opposition; let them approach the court and register their grievances

    • Papashango77

      I tell u!

  • Tunsj

    Jonathan spent a lot of dollars in Lagos, thinking that Adams, the Chief thug of OPC, will deliver Lagos votes. I will advice Jonathan to go back to Adams, Obesere and Saheed Osupa and get the money back from them.

    • Papashango77

      The so called 9 billion pipe line contract don fly them. Una been think say this useless GEJ will win. You think say if you shift election date you can shift destiny. The people are tired of PDP and mostly Jonathan. Buhari is a movement and those who swore that Buhari will never be president will now hide their face in shame. Only God has the power to make one president.

      • Tunsj

        God Bless You. I couldn’t agree more.

  • CONGRATULATIONS. Sai Buhari, Fe Buhari, Love Buhari, March 28, Nigerians Voted Buhari, DESTROYER of Maitatsine and Boko Haram and of all Corruption in government, as President of Nigeria.

  • aisha ani

    better start working on the way for your party, it is going to be a long 4 years.

  • Papashango77

    Go and sleep please all these PDP losers.

  • Guguru

    Does anyone know how many billions of naira Jonathan spent in the last 3 weeks in the south-west? It was unbelievable. Yet, he won just Ekiti after all that expenditure. Jonathan has clearly been told that he is okobo, an impotent man. IN fact, his single handed expenditure was causing the naira to loose value every week because as the naira stopped having the effect of motivating people, he switched to dollars to do the trick. Now he complains about Lagos polls? LOL. Buhari did not even spend 1/10th of the money that Jonathan burned in this election. Buhari has no money to spend as he is not a thief and a corrupt man like Jonathan and his goons.

  • El Niño

    PDP can go to whatever court but that will not change anything anymore. The party was simply outsmarted by the Card Readers which ensured a free and fair electioneering in Nigeria for a long time since the Option A4 era. From now on, politicians will learn that when you are voted you are supposed to deliver the dividend of democracy to the electorates and not just your own pockets alone. Jonathan spent billions of dollars(probably the $20 billion stolen from the government which earned Sanusi Lamido a sack) bribing everyone he possibly can to win this election despite his unpopularity anywhere in the country. He and his handlers seriously believed everyone of these individuals he gave bribes to can influence anyone to vote for him or manipulate the results in his favor without knowing the fact that Nigeria´s so called political bigwigs and prominent figure are only riding on the air of make belief and lies, NONE of them has any real capacity to influence anyone to vote for anyone anywhere.
    Added to his(Jonathan) misfortunes is the curses he went to receive in Ife. After going to all the churches possible to seek the face of God while in office until the re elections began he deviated from his ways and went to the devil in desperation something which means he does not have confidence in God anymore. For this simple reason God left him to his own and the devil´s fate. Lets hope he has learnt his lessons in life and from now on he will seek the face of God for forgiveness and in all honesty as he spend the rest of his life in retirement.

  • August January

    Where is Fayose? Fani-Kayode? Okukpe? Omokri? Gani? Mimiko? Fasehun? Tanwanda the forum mumu? Omooba ole? Shame on you all!

  • Gran puba

    All these new APC lovers……….. Over to u Gen Buhari, it’s your time to do the magics. Nigeria needs it.

  • kjv

    No man is indispensable, Jonathan had enough warnings but he flatly refused to heed. He has spoilt the chances of the minority and shown that nigeria ‘s destiny cannot be placed in the hands of the south south and the southeast considering their role in the daylight robbery of Jonathan and his croonies. The peoples will eventually prevailed. He said obasanjo is a useless elder now he knows better