ACN loses another Lagos council to PDP

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. Tribunal orders Fresh poll in Yaba

Reported by Cyriacus Izuekwe & KAZEEM UGBODAGA

After losing Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area to its rival, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the ruling party in Lagos State, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Thursday lost another local council, the Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, to the PDP.

Delivering judgment in a petition filed by Otunba Busari Ayinde of the PDP against the declaration of Dr. Augustine Arogun of the ACN as the winner of the 26 November, 2011 local government election in the state, the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos, held that the PDP candidate actually won and should be sworn in immediately.

The tribunal also nullified the declaration of Mr. Jide Jimoh of the ACN as the winner of the election held in Yaba Local Council Development Area and ordered a fresh poll in the council.

The tribunal said it based its decisions on the irregularities that took place during the conduct of the election in the two councils.

Reading the judgment which lasted for about six hours, Justice S. Owobiyi said Otunba Busari Ayinde of the PDP won the local government election in Agbado Oke-Odo, having polled a total of 10, 826 valid votes cast in the election, while his closest opponent, Dr. Augustine Arogun of the ACN polled 10,321.

The tribunal stated that it arrived at the decision after removing the invalid votes.

Justice Owobiyi also faulted the state INEC for declaring Dr. Arogun winner, saying he shouldn’t have been declared winner in the first place.

P.M.NEWS gathered that three members of the five-man tribunal ruled in favour of the PDP candidate while two ruled in favour of the ACN candidate.
Immediately after the judgement, PDP members went into wild jubilation, singing victory song while ACN supporters said they were going to appeal against the judgment.

Also delivering judgment on the Yaba LCDA poll, the tribunal nullified the election and ordered LASIEC to conduct a fresh election within three months.

The tribunal ruled that the incumbent chairman, Mr. Jide Jimoh and his deputy, Bola Lawal should not be allowed to participate in the fresh election. The tribunal arrived at the decision after it unanimously upheld the argument of the petitioner that the processes that produced Jimoh and his deputy, were in contravention of the electoral law.

The tribunal noted that Bola Lawal’s name was not in any ACN register in Yaba LCDA where she was nominated as a running mate by Jimoh.

The tribunal also noted that there was intimidation and electoral malpractice during the election and therefore nullified the entire election.

There was no immediate reaction from the counsel representing Jimoh to the tribunal’s judgment removing his client as the Chairman of Yaba LCDA but the counsel representing Dr. Arogun of Agbado Oke-Odo, thanked members of the tribunal and informed them that he was going to appeal against the judgment.

Reacting to the judgment, Chairman of PDP in Lagos State, Tunji Shelle, said the party received the news of the judgment with great joy because the party won the election but it was rigged by the ACN.

He said government at the state level has been stalling development at the council but PDP has money to develop the LCDA.

According to him, residents of Agabado/Oke-odo LCDA should expect something great from the PDP as the council which had been neglected will begin to experience transformation.

Publicity Secretary of PDP, Gani Taofeek, said members of the party were happy over the judgment.

He called on residents of Agbado/Oke-odo to support the PDP and resist every attempt not to hand over to the party that was declared winner by the tribunal. He thanked the judiciary for doing a good job.

In his own reaction, Publicity Secretary of ACN, Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said the party will appeal against the judgement. ”There is no cause for alarm. We are going to appeal against the judgment,” he added.


  1. Gatemark

    To my understanding if am wrong am stand to be corrected because the so called A>C>N in all the states they are govern they are doing or let me say they copy cart because they are doing wat fashola is doing in Lagos state by demolishing building shop and container which people suffer to build for many years before they could complete d house take for example in Ogun state , ogun state government has demolished many building without provision for those that are victim of the distater, still in ogun state about 1024 teachers were led off last week d temporary warlord in oke-mosan claim that those teacher were employed with fake result when i had that the news i quickly remember when someone who is claim to be their leader now was a governor in Lagos State tender Toronto certificate nobody sack him from been a governor then. In Oyo state the governor there has just started demolishing Molete under brigdge without carryout visibility study of the area is that the changing we all clamour for posterity will judge them.

  2. Jimo Owoseni

    What the people need to do to get out of all the deceit in the land is look for good candidates where ever they are found and vote them into office. These people can be found in all the parties. Hanging on to one particular poltical party as the outstanding ideologue is ruse, unfounded and can lead the country no where. In the meantime, lets wait and see what ACN will do with the verdict of jugement delivered by the Electoral tribunal sitting in Lagos. Lets wait and see what Babatunde Raji Fashola – my own mistaking Obama of Nigeria will do. I keep my fingers crossed.

  3. Andy

    In as much as Governor Fashola is acclaimed to have done well during his first term in office, we all know that 98% of the Local Government Chairman perform woefully, infact , some of them did nothing to better the life of the people in their area of jurisdiction. They only embezzled fund, and rob the people point blank.

    If we agreed that the local government is to bring development to the people, let the chairman of Ajeromi, Eti-Osa, Yaba etc tell us what they did in the last 8 years. Ajah is gradually becoming a den of area boys, Ogombo village is 10 years behind civilization, no new road in Amukoko yet we all claim that ACN is performing.

    if ACN must remain relevant and keep winning in Lagos the alrteady people who voted must feel the impact of governance from Lakowe, to Awoyaya, to Makoko.

  4. Sunbare

    It is now clear to people that thinks only PDP stuff ballot boxes, ACN is worse, is only becuase Joe Igbokwe and Lai Mohammed makes so much noise. It is so bad that unless we all change, things will not change. We need to think, these people will be spending our money the way they like, but God is a judge too sah.

  5. 10/10

    Shame on nigeria leaders & electoral regulatory body for lack of transparency


    ACN watch your back,you are already loosing grip just because of your Asiwaju’s imposition on the people of Lagos and SW as a whole.PDP is not better either.Your Asiwaju is the cause of your dismay.ORI AIWAJU YIN TI GBA ABODE.


    Hmmm…Hmmm! @sterling. those of u who eats in d palm of “bat & brf” na wa for u people ooo.
    d way d l.g.a election was held in lagos, is it even reasonable? in this time & age when even d p.d.p re forcing themselve to be modest, that “daylight madness” that took place in lagos, can urself call that an election?
    we all abuse/course “obj” that he refuses to leave office, so is it d “a.c.n” that will compel us to choose them if they are really performing in lagos as they have claimed? ABEG, NO BRAINWASH US!!!

  8. Sterling

    PM news… Your report is biased on one side. You need to follow the ethics of journalism in your report!
    Concerning the tribunal ruling, the judge only ruled that there should be rerun of the chairmanship election due to the eligibility of the vice chairman of the council. Not that Jide Jimoh contravened the electoral law.
    As per PM News false report that the current chairman Jide Jimoh should not participate in the rerun election it is the petitioner that asked the judge that could they participate in the rerun election so far the ruled has been given to disqualify the election. But the judged said the tribunal has no power in that aspect to disallow him it is the decision of LASIEC.
    When tribunal give verdict on a particular case there is room for appealing wich will gives the final judgment on the case.
    Pls stop reporting false news!
    For those saying ACN is bad, you are like Israelite in the bible that said this king is not good priest change him for better one but when another one got to the throne you will still complained.
    You all know that ACN has change the face of Lagos and it would shape all other states of the federation not like PDP who squander resources that would benefits Nigerians.

  9. Abey

    Nigerians!!!! Yesterday, PDP was evil, today ACN is evil. What will the same PDP that you are all jubilating for today be tomorrow? No party or Government will ever satisfy Nigerians and that is why you are all suffering. You will continue to suffer for as long as you cannot hold your patience before taking a stand. All parties are the same, no difference. You probably have forgotten the violence and thuggery that characterize PDP so soon. Olohun a je kee gbon.

    1. sunny

      leave them,no be nigerian hossana today,crucify tomorrow. time will tell.olorun a je ki won gbon oooo.

  10. Bayo, Ikorodu


  11. otunba sege

    ACN is evil PDP should sweep them all away

  12. SAM OLA

    YEGEDEYEGEDE…….!!!!……Shame on FASHOLA & SO-CALL TINUBU…..!!!…

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