By Chinelo Obogo
A pressure group, the United Action for Change (UAC), has slammed the Lagos State House of Assembly over the amended the state Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) bill passed by the House recently.
Speaking during a press briefing, yesterday, Kunle Adegoke said the LASIEC law was amended in a ‘hurry’ to make provision for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to make changes to the list of its local government candidates just three days to the election. The group also blasted the APC over alleged imposition of candidates for the forthcoming council elections, describing the party as undemocratic.
“We are saying this is legislative indecency of the highest order for no decent legislature would pass a law in such a hurry in the middle of the game to favour the ruling party, which the majority of the legislators are members. The said bill passed through the first, second and third readings within 10 minutes and same was presented to the governor for his assent immediately.
“The legislative process to amend the LASIEC law came after the decision of the High Court of Lagos State nullifying the imposition of a candidate from Odi-Olowo Local council Development Area. The legislative disregard for common sense and the hurried primary election held in Odi-Olowo came by, despite the fact that the time for nomination of candidates had elapsed and no new primary elections can be held by a party in default.”