The Lagos chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from participating in the 2019 governorship election in the state.

The party hinged its reason on alleged violation of the Electoral Act by the governor.

The PDP frowned at the recent three-million-man march for Governor Ambode, insisting that INEC, has not lifted the ban on political campaigns.

In a statement by its publicity secretary, Taofik Gani, the party said: “Unless INEC and Police exert their powers to guarantee credible election by at least giving their opinions on the recent three million man march for Governor Ambode, we shall deem the 2019 Lagos governorship election as already rigged for APC.”

The party also called on INEC and the Police to be unbiased, nonpartisan and assertive “as we go into the 2019 general elections by using the disqualification and needful arrests of all those who are initiators, perpetrators and intended beneficiaries of pre-election malpractice capable of also overheating the polity and provoking confrontations and violence.”

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According to the party, such exercise at this period is a breach of the electoral act and elections guidelines as INEC had not declared political campaign permissible.

It stated that “we strongly believe that the exercise must have been directly induced, midwife and sponsored by the state government, using Lagos tax to overreach other persons and political parties in the 2019 elections.

“It is also laughable that an acclaimed performing governor can be so jittery of reelection that over 12 months to the contest, he is already using state funds to jump-start campaign even against the Electoral Act and good conscience.”

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