Former Minister of State for Defence and Lagos State PDP gubernatorial aspirant Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has cautioned Mr. Jimi Agbaje over what he described as Agbaje’s desperation to defend the immoral and unethical outcome of the Monday PDP Lagos gubernatorial primaries.
Senator Obanikoro in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Strategy, Ohimai Amaize reacted to claims by Jimi Agbaje in a statement on Wednesday that all PDP Lagos gubernatorial aspirants were privy to the excess votes that tainted the gubernatorial elections where 806 delegates produced 863 votes.
According to him, “Jimi Agbaje should not in desperation to defend Monday’s immoral and unethical show of shame further tarnish his reputation and build his campaign on the altar of blatant falsehood.
“The claim by Agbaje’s spokesman, Felix Oboagwina that Senator Obanikoro and other PDP gubernatorial aspirants were in agreement over the excess votes is not only malicious but dishonest, shameful and unbecoming of a man who seeks to occupy the highest office in Lagos State.
“At the beginning of the electoral process that fateful Monday, Senator Seidu Kumo, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee announced loud and clear as stipulated by the PDP Electoral Guidelines that only 806 delegates were accredited to vote with the number of ballots issued standing at 848. According to him, the breakdown was as follows: 667 (Ad Hoc Delegates) and 139 (Statutory Delegates) all totaling 806 delegates. Pray, from where did Agbaje’s 57 extra votes emerge?
“It is on record that Senator Obanikoro raised an objection when after 806 delegates were accredited, votes were cast and delegates had left the voting arena, Rahman Owokoniran, the Director General of the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation came into the venue demanding to vote. The Chairman of the Electoral Committee who from unfolding events was acting a Jimi Agbaje, Bode George and Senator Ogunlewe script dismissed Senator Obanikoro’s objection. It is also on record that Senator Obanikoro and other aspirants kicked against the outcome of the primaries the moment it became clear that there were more ballots cast than the number of accredited delegates. Their objections were disregarded. If Agbaje’s memory fails him, video evidences and news reports by news reporters who covered the primaries, are awash in the media to bring him back to the reality of an honorable quest for the office of Lagos State Governor.
“For the records, there was never any agreement between Senator Obanikoro and any aspirant or anyone whosoever to accommodate any excess votes. If at all there was any agreement on the day of the primaries, it was an agreement between Bode George and Jimi Agbaje to compromise the outcome of the elections in collusion with the Chairman of the Electoral Committee.”