MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
With about 48 hours to the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, Chairman of Labour Party, Lagos State has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)to as a matter of urgency include names of all National Assembly candidates of the party in Lagos State.
Ekong made this call while addressing newsmen in the state Secretariat on Thursday.
Ekong’s speech reads thus “As Nigerians prepare to go to the polls in a couple of days to elect a new President and Honourable men and women into the Senate and House of Representatives, Labour Party Lagos State Chairman, I hereby frown against the flagrant exclusion of the Labour Party National Assembly Candidates on the ballot papers.
She further called out INEC to either correct this anomaly or reschedule the National Assembly elections.
“This malicious “error” was found out this morning in Lagos, with my team of executive members during the routine inspection of election materials. It was at inspection that it was discovered that Labour Party was not listed for the election for Senate in and House of Representatives in Lagos State. This, she says is unacceptable and a wicked way of disenfranchising Lagos electorates.” She said
“It is unimaginable that for the elections slated for Saturday February 25, Lagos electorate will only vote for the Labour Party Presidential Candidate as INEC made no provision for the election of Party’s Senate and House of Representatives Candidates.” She continued
“We cannot accept this as we do not believe that INEC made a mistake but rather, a deliberate, malicious and intentional act by INEC at disenfranchising our Supporters from exercising their civic rights which is unacceptable
“Further checks on the INEC website revealed that the list of names of Lagos Labour Party National Assembly was not uploaded even as the list and court orders for same were duly submitted to INEC and acknowledged.
“You will all recall how we have severally pointed out the bias displayed by the current INEC REC in Lagos State towards our Party and his increasing attacks on our Leaders that have constantly pointed out these biases in the past and current onslaught on our Party. Is this the result of the culmination of those attacks?
“We call on all Stakeholders, Foreign Observers, Lovers of Democracy and International Community to quickly wade in and call INEC to order to do the needful”. She concluded