More Lagosians sign petition to have Lagos INEC REC boss removed
Barely 48 hours after the commencement of a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission to remove the Lagos State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, over 12,000 Nigerians and largely Lagosians, have signed the petition for.
It was gathered that about 12,451 concerned Nigerians have signed the online petition at Change.org, accusing him of incompetence and bigotry.
This petition is coming as a video showing largely Ndigbo residents in Lagos were being notified at the Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area (LGA) INEC collection center that their PVCs were not found as at Friday, February 3, 2023.
According to the lead petitioner, Tobi Akinbo, said the petition began with a deep sense of patriotism and responsibility that every Nigerian needs to sign this petition for the removal and replacement of the Lagos State INEC Commissioner for incompetence, Mr. Agbaje.
“For us to achieve a free, fair and credible election in Lagos State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, the INEC commissioner must be replaced with someone else who is unbiased and non-partisan,” Akinbo said.
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He recalled that on Thursday 2nd February, 2023, in a live video interview with Seun Okinbaloye on Channels TV, when asked why has available PVCs not been distributed in areas such as: Okota, Surulere, Festac, Oshodi Isolo dominated by Nigerians of Igbo extraction.
Mr Agbaje who was visibly agitated like a politician, in his defence stated that, “South easterners transferred their voters’ card to vote in Lagos State”.
Akinbo wondered what the meaning of that statement was since Nigerians have the right to transfer their voting cards to any state to vote.
He also wondered why hoarding available PVCs in those areas is perceived to be an area where the majority of Igbo reside?” This is an attempt to disenfranchise Nigerians from voting,” he decried.
Akinbo equally said that Olusegun Agbaje, the Lagos State INEC Commissioner has shown a high level of incompetence, bias and partisanship, therefore, does not deserve to occupy that office.
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“If Olusegun Agbaje is allowed to preside over the Lagos State 2023 general election, then we should forget about free, fair and credible elections in Lagos State. For these reasons we need to act now for the INEC to replace him as fast as possible,” he said.
Stressing that every Nigerian has the right to vote for any leader of their choice as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as such, all voters must be given their PVCs.
“We must all prevail on the INEC as a matter of urgency to replace Olusegun Agbaje, the INEC commissioner for Lagos State. Lagosians have passed a vote of no confidence on him,” the petitioners declared.
In a related development, observers in the viral video at the Oshodi/Isolo LGA INEC collection center, alleged clear evidence of a plan to systematically deduct Igbo votes in Lagos.
They wondered why all the names of the batch of cards not found were only Igbos?
Even as they also urged INEC to do something before it becomes too late.