The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, as the winner of the April 11 election while the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, came second, The Punch has confirmed.
However, the PDP has rejected the result on the ground of what it called “the controversial” circumstances within which the election was conducted.
Out of the 20 local government areas of Lagos, Ambode won 15 while Agbaje won five.
Figures by INEC showed that Ambode polled 811,994 votes while Agbaje got 659,788 votes, a difference of 152, 206 votes.
However, the Lagos State chapter of the PDP, in a statement by its Legal Adviser, Mr. Adeleke Adefala, on Sunday, said in areas where the APC won, card readers were manipulated.
The statement, which was addressed to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, read, “I, on behalf of our governorship candidate, the state assembly candidates and the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, write to bring to your attention the following issues for your immediate attention and resolution.
“Our candidates have brought to our attention that contrary to electoral rules and guidelines, the newly introduced card readers were not used in the following local governments: Epe, Babagry, Mushin, Ikorodu Eti Osa, Alimosho, Ikeja, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island and some parts of other local governments.
“This amounted to no proper accreditation of voters and a denouncement of the sanctity of the voting process. There were numerous complaints of front and uploading of the card readers with fictitious names before commencement of accreditation in areas where card readers were used such as Lagos Island, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Lagos Mainland and Badagry.
“We hereby demand the suspension of the collation and release of the results pending investigation into our complaints.”