Olusegun Agbaje, the INEC’s Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), has refuted rumors that he is associated with the organization that oversees the Lagos parks and gardens and is led by Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo.
Agbaje allegedly stated that the commission in Lagos State has no choice but to employ park management system on election days while speaking at the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security meeting at the INEC Office in Lagos.
Oluomo, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a supporter of the party’s presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, is in charge of the state’s park management system.
Following Agbaje’s comment, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, accused Agbaje of conniving with the APC, calling for his removal as INEC REC in the state for alleged partisanship.
Atiku, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, said: “Unfortunately, it is the same Agbaje, who could not effectively supervise a rerun in a few polling units that has been given the task of superintending the election in Nigeria’s largest state with over 7 million registered voters. The election is doomed to fail if INEC doesn’t do the right thing by removing him.
“We remind the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, that this will be his last general election before the end of his tenure. We ask him to protect his legacy by removing Agbaje if he insists that MC Oluomo must be the one to handle sensitive INEC materials. This election must not only be fair but it must be seen to be fair as.”
However, speaking on Thursday during a stakeholder meeting at the INEC’s head office in Lagos, Agbaje said that he will never do anything that would jeopardize the image of INEC.
He noted that Electoral Officers (EOs) of each local government would be in charge of vehicles that would convey ad-hoc staff and electoral materials to the polling units, and not him.
Agbaje said: “Lagos has had its share of election violence, we cannot afford it again. We must work together for peaceful elections in Lagos.
“The former INEC chairman Professor Atairu Jega knows me well likewise the incumbent INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
”I have nothing to do with the Lagos head of Parks and Gardens.
“Electoral Officers , EOs of each local government would be in charge of vehicles that would convey ad-hoc staff and electoral material materials to the polling units, not me.
“People don’t know me. I am from a very credible family and I will never do anything that would jeopardize the image of INEC or make Nigerians think. I will never be part of it.”