The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate for Lagos State, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, (JANDOR) has caution the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government in Lagos State to desist from harassing and intimidating Lagosians who are bent on exercising their civic responsibility of registering to vote in the coming general elections.
Reacting to the reported intimidation of Alaba Market Traders who shut their stalls to ensure they register before the closing date, Jandor warned that this time, Lagos PDP will not put itself on the defensive.
Jandor charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the need to take proactive measures in forestalling rising incidences of violence in the exercise.
He said rising complaints from Lagosians at various registration centers across the state on the slow pace of the registration exercise require urgent attention.
Some Lagosians in Amuwo Odofin, Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Ojo, Oshodi-Isolo and a few other local government areas in Lagos West Senatorial District on Thursday, 9 June, 2022, expressed disappointment over their inability to register for the permanent voter’s card (PVC) due to what they described as deliberate attempt by INEC officials in collaboration with the ruling party to disenfranchise them.
Traders from Alaba International Market who shut the market on Thursday, 9 June, 2023 to allow them participate in the continuous voters registration exercise were frustrated with the lackluster performance of the INEC officials. It was reported that some of these traders were allegedly attacked by politically motivated thugs because of their perceived sympathy for the PDP.
JANDOR called on INEC to respond swiftly to the reactions of these set of Lagosians who are willing to perform their civil obligation before the deadline set for the exercise. He also send a strong warning to the APC sponsored thugs to desist from molestation of Lagosians who are fed up with the misrule of the ruling party.
JANDOR however expressed his excitement over the impressive turn out of traders in Alaba International Market, ASPANDA, Trade Fair, Ladipo market, among others. He commended their selfless sacrifice for declaring a work-free day, and for others who took time off from their private engagements in order to get their PVCs which will enable them participate in the 2023 elections.
He assured them that any attempt to attack or disenfranchise them henceforth will be met with stiff resistance.