Lagos PDP guber candidate’s excess votes claim ‘malicious’ – Obanikoro

FILE PHOTO: Musiliu Obanikoro at the Lagos PDP governorship primaries rally

A Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial aspirant, Musiliu Obanikoro, has cautioned the party’s candidate, Jimi Agbaje, over what he described as Mr. Agbaje’s desperation to defend the “immoral and unethical” outcome of the Monday PDP Lagos gubernatorial primary.

Mr. Obanikoro, in a statement by his spokesperson, Ohimai Amaize, reacted to claims by Mr. Agbaje on Wednesday that all PDP Lagos gubernatorial aspirants were privy to the excess votes which tainted the primary elections where 806 delegates produced 863 votes.

“Jimi Agbaje should not be in desperation to defend Monday’s immoral and unethical show of shame, further tarnish his reputation and build his campaign on the altar of blatant falsehood,” Mr. Obanikoro said.

“The claim by Agbaje’s spokesman, Felix Oboagwina, that Senator Obanikoro and other PDP gubernatorial aspirants were in agreement over the excess votes is not only malicious but dishonest, shameful and unbecoming of a man who seeks to occupy the highest office in Lagos State.

“At the beginning of the electoral process that fateful Monday, Senator Seidu Kumo, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee announced loud and clear as stipulated by the PDP Electoral Guidelines that only 806 delegates were accredited to vote with the number of ballots issued standing at 848.”

The former minister of state for defence added that the breakdown was as follows: 667 (Ad Hoc Delegates) and 139 (Statutory Delegates) all totalling 806 delegates.

“Pray, from where did Agbaje’s 57 extra votes emerge?” he asked. “It is on record that Senator Obanikoro raised an objection when after 806 delegates were accredited, votes were cast and delegates had left the voting arena, Rahman Owokoniran, the Director General of the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation came into the venue demanding to vote. Senator Obanikoro’s objection was dismissed by the Chairman of the Electoral Committee who from unfolding events, was acting a Jimi Agbaje, Bode George and Senator Ogunlewe script.

“For the records, there was never any agreement between Senator Obanikoro and any aspirant or anyone whosoever to accommodate any excess votes. If at all there was any agreement on the day of the primaries, it was an agreement between Bode George and Jimi Agbaje to compromise the outcome of the elections in collusion with the Chairman of the Electoral Committee.”

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