￼•Politicians storm commission’s office
Politicians yesterday besieged the Yaba head office of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to view the list of candidates for the July 22 council poll.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 100 politicians, some of them candidates, were seen at the office.
The list contained the names of no fewer than 1,300 chairmanship and councillorship candidates of various parties.
No fewer than 20 candidates of different parties had their candidacy invalidated for not meeting eligibility criteria.
Some others have the validation of their candidacy pending as they were asked to present either their tax clearance certificate, Curriculum Vitae or both for clearance.
LASIEC Chairman, Retired Justice Ayotunde Phillips, had told newsmen on June 30 that parties could still present substitutes for those invalidated, who would make the final list after meeting eligibility criteria.
The names of all the candidates for Odi-Olowo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) were conspicuously missing on the list.
Last Friday, an Ikeja High Court nullified the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary in the area and ordered a fresh one.
Also, all the candidates of the National Conscience Party (NCP) were missing on the list.
The chairman of NCP in the state, Fatai Ibu-Owo had told NAN that the party’s candidates were shut out of the process, and were not given forms as they were challenging the payment of administrative fees imposed by LASIEC.
He said the party was in court with LASIEC over the fees, but the case had yet to be heard.
However, the name of Aina Michael, (Aka Aina Gold) a Nollywood actor in the Yoruba genre, was validated as Alliance for Democracy (AD) Chairmanship candidate in Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA.
Augustine Arogundade was validated as Chairmanship candidate of the APC in the area.
Also, Mr Kamal Bashua was validated as APC candidate for Lagos Island East LCDA while Yisa Oladimeji (PDP) and Tijani Olusi (APC) were validated for Lagos Island LGA.
Asked to comment on the list and other issues arising from it, the commission’s Director of Publicity, Mr Oladapo Olatunde, said a statement would be issued to cover all the questions.
He said the commission was an impartial umpire in the process and would treat all parties equally.
LASIEC has fixed the council poll for July 22, and run-off for July 29.
The poll is to elect chairmen and councillors in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 LCDAs in the state.