People’s will prevailed in Lagos guber poll – Hamzat
…says opposition parties are bad losers
The Lagos State government has said that the will of the people prevailed in the last gubernatorial polls in the state, adding that the opposition parties are bad losers.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat stated this while fielding questions from journalists on Channels Television programme: “Sunrise Daily”.
Hamzat said that out of the 13,345 polling units in the state, only about 349 had one form of issue or the other and that number is less than 10% of the entire polling units in the state .
The deputy governor observed that due to infrastructural and logistics problems, INEC could not be everywhere at the same time but did its best in conducting an election that was better than any other in the history of Nigeria.
He said: “This is a fantastic election and the will of the people prevailed. Governors lost senatorial seats unlike in the days of President Obasanjo when the number of votes counted was more than the number of registered voters.”
Hamzat added that the reason Labour Party and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were crying foul over the results of the election is that they lost, noting that the loss resulted from the gap created by defection of members of their party very close to the elections.
He stated further that the violence witnessed during the elections should not be isolated in context as the elections reflected the kind of people we are.
While condemning the ethnic profiling witnessed in some parts of the state in the wake of the elections, Hamzat called for the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators.
“Some of the people disenfranchised in the elections would have voted for us. Like in Ago Palace, I have a lot of friends there who would have voted for the APC.
“It is unfortunate to profile people based on ethnicity and culprits should be arrested and prosecuted. Let us stop diminishing our country. This is a credible election,” Hamzat said.