Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial Candidate for the forthcoming Lagos East bye-election, has asked INEC and security agencies to ensure level playing field during the poll.
Gbadamosi made the remarks to newsmen on the sideline of Expanded Stakeholders meeting ahead of the poll organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos on Thursday.
“At this stage, the jurist is still out on what INEC is doing or not doing. The only true test of their degree of readiness would be on the day of election itself.
“It is our sincere hope that contrary to what has been happening in elections prior to this in Lagos State, the security agencies, in particular, and INEC will endeavour to ensure that there is indeed a level playing field for all political parties that are participating in this election.
“That is our sincere hope,” said Gbadamosi, who was governorship candidate of African Democratic Party (ADP) in 2019 General Elections.
On his party’s preparations for the bye-election, the PDP senatorial candidate said that the main opposition party had commenced massive mobilisation of voters to ensure victory.
Gbadamosi said: “I will say that we have been doing everything that is necessary to sensitise the electorate on the importance of this specific election, coming mid term.
“We are aware that this kind of election is always charactised by voter apathy, so we are doing everything we can to sensitise the electorate.
“We want to let them realise that this election is important not just for their representation but to send a message to politicians who are in power at the moment that they are not happy with the conditions of things in Lagos East senatorial district right now.
“You will see there are protests all over the country with a lot concentrated in Lagos and many of my constituents are involved in this protests.”
The PDP candidate assured that he would provide adequate representation for constituents and prioritise their interest and welfare, if elected.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was organised by INEC to review preparations for the forthcoming Lagos East senatorial and Kosofe ll State Constituency bye-elections fixed for Oct. 31.
The bye-elections became necessary following the demise of the Sen. Gbenga Oshinowo and Tunde Braimoh, representing Lagos East Senatorial District and Kosofe State Constituency II, respectively.
The event had in attendance various leaders of political parties and candidates, civil society organisations, traditional rulers and members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).
Candidates of political parties for both Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe Constituency II, House of Assembly by-elections took turns to sign the peace accord administered by INEC.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi