By Uche Amunike
Leader of the Omo Eko Pataki Group and former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George, Thursday, has endorsed the Labour Party candidate for the March 18th governorship election in Lagos state, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV).
This disclosure was made at a press briefing in Ikoyi, with the Labour Party candidate, GRV and stakeholders of the PDP.
Speaking, during the briefing, Bode George stated that among the membership list of the Omo Eko Pataki Group was the former Deputy Governor of Lagos state during the Bola Tinubu administration, Senator Kofoworola Akerele-Bucknor, as well as Mrs Onikepo Oshodi, whose objective for floating the group was to make sure that the March 18 electoral process would turn out free and fair.
The group, while discussing the Saturday’s governorship election in Lagos, made a call to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that it was important that they make use of the electronic transfer of results, instead of the archaic and unreliable manual system which contributes to lapses and irregularities.
Bode George reiterated that an appointee and surrogate of one of the presidential candidates was currently, the man in charge of Information Technology at the Independent National Electoral Commission.
His words: ‘Yesterday, the INEC spokesperson said there is no such person in their organisation.’
‘My question is, is that fellow not a consultant/contractor for the ICT department in the INEC office? Mr. INEC spokesperson, be bold enough to tell the public what Mr. Femi Odubiyi is doing in the INEC office.’
‘The witch cried yesterday and the child died today. Who does not know that the witch that cried yesterday is responsible for the death of the child?’
‘How can we trust the outcome of a process when an examiner is associated with one of the contestants/participants? Where is transparency and fairness in this process?’
Bode George also clearly stated that his endorsement of GRV was under the aegis of the Omo Eko Pataki Group and not because of his membership of the PDP.
His words: ‘This is our finest hour to immortalize the memory of our dear son, the Late Engr. Funsho Williams. We must not let his contributions be in vain. On this premise, Omo Eko Pataki group, a new socio political movement, is born to ensure that our electoral process in Lagos will be free, fair and just. We insist on the use of Electronic transfer of results rather than the unreliable, archaic, manual system. ‘O to ge.’
‘All registered voters must come out to cast their votes without fear. On this, I appeal to all security agencies to ensure protection of lives and properties of our people. All marauders and violent thugs must be arrested and be treated according to the laws of our land. The opportunity to liberate ourselves by the power of the Almighty God has arrived. To all victims of the recent spate of attacks and all those who have lost properties and their sources of livelihood during this period, rest assured that this will be revisited in the new era of a legally-elected democratic government.’
He went on to call on the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu to spare Nigerians the shame of being the object of ridicule globally.