The Labour Party and African Action Congress chapters in Lagos State have explained why the Independent National Electoral Commission did not include their senatorial and House of Representatives candidates on the final list of candidates for the general elections.
Olukayode Salako, the state chairman of the Labour Party, told our correspondent that Ifagbemi Awamaridi, the partyâ€™s former chairman, failed to submit the partyâ€™s candidates to INEC on time, which resulted in their exclusion from the list.
He did, however, reassured the populace that the partyâ€™s National Assembly candidates would still appear on the INEC list before voters cast their ballots because they were already in court to deal with the matter.
The LP and five other parties in Lagos State were not represented on the final list of candidates for the national elections, which was posted on the commissionâ€™s website on September 1.
Action Alliance, All Peoples Party, African Action Congress, All Progressive Grand Alliance, Allied Peoples Movement, Labour Party, and Peoples Redemption Party are the other parties affected.
But Salako said,
â€œThe former chairman of the party, Ifagbemi Awamaridi, did not present the names. He went there (INEC) late and the window closed. We are considering the court option and we will soon have the names of our candidates in the process. It is through the courts that our candidates will be uploaded (on INECâ€™s website).â€