2019: Lagos PDP wants Ambode, APC disqualified
By Dapo Akinrefon
Lagos—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State has called for the disqualification of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the coming 2019 governorship election over alleged violation of the Electoral Act.
The party faulted the recent three million man march for Governor Ambode insisting that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has not lifted the ban on political campaigns in the country.
In a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, the party said: “Unless INEC and Police exert their powers to guarantee credible election by at least giving their opinions on the recent three million man march for Governor Ambode, we shall deem the 2019 Lagos governorship election as already rigged for APC.”
The party also called on INEC and the Police to be unbiased, nonpartisan and assertive “as we go into the 2019 general elections by using the disqualification and needful arrests of all those who are initiators, perpetrators and intended beneficiaries of pre-election malpractice capable of overheating the polity and provoking confrontations and violence.”
Reacting, Lagos State Government described statements by Lagos PDP, that it would defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019 governorship poll as “infantile and highly inconsequential.”
The state’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdul-Akeem Abdul-Lateef, made the remark at the weekend, during the third Iju-Ishaga Health Day held in Lagos.
He said that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration would not be distracted by statements made by the PDP.
He said: “I want to assure Lagosians that Governor Ambode will not be distracted by the statement by the PDP. He will not be distracted by political Lilliputians whose current retrogression has compelled them to operate as dysfunctional silos.”
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