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Labour Party in Ogun State says the omission of the names of its gubernatorial candidate and deputy from the Independent National Electoral Commission’s list was as a result of the network server that crashed .
The National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Arabambi Abayomi said this while speaking with PLATFORM TIMES on Monday .
The Party’s chairman in Ogun State, Michael Ashade disclosed that the matter was in court.
He noted that the Party was not planning to join forces with opposition political party in the State against their candidates as some people had been insinuating.
He said the issue will be resolved soon, adding that the error was from neither the party nor INEC.
Ashade further said the outcome of the case will reveal if there was foul play in the omission or not.
He said, “The matter is in court and we don’t want to be deliberating on a matter that is in court. When the result comes out, we will all see it. The result will speak for itself. The result will keep an end to insults to justify our claim and everybody will know our position.
“The result will speak and everybody will know where the Labour Party stands.”
Ashaye added, “Whether there is a foul play or not, all we want is to clear the air and let our candidate contest. Whoever is doing the foul play will soon be exposed.”
However, the National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Arabambi Abayomi noted that the omission was not peculiar to their Party, adding that the network server was responsible.
“It’s not only in Ogun State. The INEC network crashed. It’s not only in Ogun State. It’s about 12 States that were affected.
“Nobody was responsible rather than the network which we are not the owner of. It’s neither INEC nor the Labour Party.”
Abayomi further disclosed that the issue will be resolved by Friday, noting that the Party will not step down from the race.
“We are going to contest for the governorship, senate positions, and the House of Representatives. The Labour Party is not stepping down for any political party,” he said.
However, a reliable party source told PLATFORM TIMES that the omission was as a result of the failure by their candidates to submit an affidavit requested by INEC.
The source noted that the Party’s primary election was observed by INEC, adding that all forms, except the said affidavit, were submitted.
“The information we got was that there is a particular affidavit that was supposed to be attached to the form. The form was submitted and they met the deadline”
“INEC officials were at the primary election and after the primary, all necessary files were submitted, except for the said affidavit”, the source said.