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General News of Thursday, 9 February 2023


Atiku wants Lagos REC removed, alleges partisanship

Atiku Abubakar Atiku Abubakar

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has called for the removal of the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, over alleged partisanship and compromise.

Atiku made the call in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu.

Shaibu stated that Agbaje had insisted on using the Lagos State Park and Garage Management Committee under the leaderahip of transport kingpin, Musiliu Akinsanya known as MC Oluomo, who is believed to be a member of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council.

Shaibu described as watery, Agbaje’s excuse that INEC would not be able to use the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria because they had been barred in Lagos State.

He stated, “The law is clear that only a court has the power to proscribe an organisation. That was why the Federal Government had to go to court to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

“What Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu did in Lagos State was to arbitrarily announce a ban on the activities of the NURTW because the organisation suspended MC Oluomo, the APC’s henchman. INEC must not promote illegality by working with a partisan organisation which is filled with APC members that are working for Bola Tinubu.

“How could such people be given sensitive materials to be distributed across Lagos on election day? This has already undermined the possibility of a free and fair election. INEC must sanction Mr Agbaje for insisting on using MC Oluomo’s committee despite protests from members of the public.”