24th May, 2022
By Adejoke Adeleye
An aspirant for House of Representatives seat in Lagos, Babatunde Aleshinloye- Williams has asked his supporters to disregard the primary elections conducted at the Somolu Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Aleshinloye who is vying for Somolu Federal Constituency seat said the Lagos chapter of PDP had canceled its primaries, therefore, any primary conducted in the state is illegal and a fraudulent sham that can not stand, and should be disregarded.
According to him, “You can not build something on nothing. The Lagos State chapter of the PDP at a news conference had urged the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to cancel the House of Assembly and House of Representatives primaries in Lagos”.
“This the Chairman of the Party, Mr Phillips Aivoji alongside other state executives, 5 governorship aspirants and party leaders said the ad-hoc delegates lists brought by the party’s electoral committees for both primaries had been compromised,” Aleshinloye- Williams said.
He said he was invited to the party Secretariat to discuss modalities for the election, where he had intended to call the LGA chairman’s attention to the fact that the State executives had postponed the election, but was shocked to see that the election was well on the way, and in fact almost completed.
He added that the whole process amounts to nullity as it was against the directives of the Lagos State PDP.
The House of Representatives hopeful wondered how any authentic primary election can be conducted without the proper delegates list and without the presence of the national electoral committee
He said the exercise was fraudulent, illegal and a sham that must be disregarded, saying “the election never took place as far as he was concerned”.
Aleshinloye-Williams urged his teeming supporters and party faithfuls to stay focus and wait for the State’s directives on the assembly and representatives primary elections.