Olusegun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commission, REC, Lagos State, has a message to those who lost elections.
He urged losers and Aggrieved parties in the 2023 Gubernatorial and House of Assembly to go back to the drawing board to restrategise for another time as the commission would continue to create the needed level playing field for all those that aspire to take part in any election in Nigeria.
Agbaje gave the advice in his address at the presentation of Certificates of Return to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat and other winners of the March 18, Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Lagos.
Hordes of armed security personnel, on Monday, have taken over the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and environs on Thursday, at Birell Avenue, Sabo, Yaba, Mainland Local Government Area of the state in preparation for the presentation of Certificates of Return to reelected Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Governor-Elect, Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamza and 40 members-elect of the State House of Assembly won the just concluded Gubernatorial and 40 members of the House of Assembly elections in the state.
As at 9 am, the heavily armed security personnel, comprising of the Nigeria Police Rapid Response Squad, RRS, men of the Department of State Service, DSS, Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps, LNSC, were seen freaking members of the media, guests and members of the public
Early arrival at the venue includes state party Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Sam Egube, and APC chieftains, among others.
According to one of the security men who preferred anonymity, the heavy presence of the security was aimed at curtailing any possible unrest, unruly and indiscipline acts by the public.
APC party faithful were seen chanting various victory songs outside the INEC office.
Recall that the gubernatorial election was held on March 18 in which Governor Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressive Congress, APC, emerged winner with over 700,000 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party who polled over 300,000 votes, while Dr Olajide Adeniran, popularly called Jandor of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came distant third with about 75,000 votes.