BEING PRESS BRIEFING BY HON SOLA OSOLANA, PDP CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AGEGE FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY IN THE 25TH FEBRUARY, 2023; GENERAL ELECTION ON THE DELIBERATE ACT OF COMPROMISE BY INEC AND ITS OFFICIALS AFFECTING THE LAWFUL CONDUCT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL/NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
Chief Obafemi Awolowo once said, “After rain comes sunshine; After darkness comes the glorious dawn. There is no sorrow without its alloy of joy; there is no joy without its admixture of sorrow.” It is on this note that I welcome you all to this press briefing.
I wish to specially thank all my teeming supporters, sympathisers and followers for the trust reposed in me by trooping out to cast their vote for me on the 25th February, 2023. Although the INEC deliberately compromised the process and awarded pyrrhic victory to the candidate of the ruling party, we are positive of reclaiming our stolen mandate in the course of time.
INEC, the official umpire has compromised her integrity by not complying with the provisions of the electoral act as stipulated in the guidelines released by the commission on the procedure of voting in the election.
The pattern adopted during the last Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections on the 25th February, 2023; was deliberately schemed to bypass the BVAS machine. The commission intentionally made sure its poll officials did not verify voters through the fingerprints as stipulated, rather they opted for the facial verification which gave room for multiple voting by people who did multiple registration.
Additional to that, the mechanism for uploading of the BVAS machines had been demobilised, making it practically impossible to send out the poll results from the polling units as prescribed by law, thus denying the Nigerian electorate the opportunity to view the results real time until the commission had totally executed its rigging plans to favour the candidates of the ruling party.
I must put it on record that that was what we experienced at the 696 polling units in Agege Federal Constituency during the badly flawed February 25 National Assembly election.
I want to, at this juncture, call on the INEC Chairman, the Lagos REC and INEC Electoral Officer of Agege in particular, to get their act together as we go to the March 11 Governorship and State Assembly elections. Nigerians, and Lagosians in particular, will not accept from the commission any fraudulent excuse of the BVAS suffering any glitches that could affect the fair conduct of the election as claimed by the INEC Chairman during the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections. The commission should retrain all presiding officers and adhoc staff to be engaged for the Saturday 11th March, 2023 Governorship and State Assembly elections on effective use of the BVAS machines and give them firm instructions to refrain from being used by the ruling party to manipulate the process.
Any attempt to repeat the 25th February, 2023 scenario will meet with strict resistance as all our agents will be on standby to enforce the compliance of the use of fingerprint as means of verification of the exercise.
We are conscious of the fact that the law allows for both fingerprint and facial accreditation, but the INEC must be aware that the people have become conscious of the havoc that its officials could do to the electoral process when the fingerprint system is jettisoned and will stand firm to resist the attempt to manipulate the process through the loopholes provided by the facial accreditation system.
We have carefully studied the outcome of the Saturday, 25th February, 2023 elections and discovered all the shenanigans, manipulation, rigging and falsification by the ruling party in connivance with the INEC. We have taken a position to challenge the process and outcome through legal/lawful means (Tribunal) as victory is certain with all the overwhelming evidence at our disposal.
I want to enjoin all lovers of democracy and good governance to come out enmass to exercise their civic responsibility of casting their vote for change and a better Lagos.
Long live Nigeria
Long live Lagos State
Long live Agege Federal Constituency
Hon. Sola Osolana
Federal House of Representatives,