Confusion has trailed the recent victory of Banky W, the musician turned politician, at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) house of representatives primary election in Lagos state.
Banky W had clinched the party’s ticket to contest for Eti-Osa federal constituency seat at the house of representatives after polling 28 out of 31 votes cast by delegates.
In a video widely circulated on Monday, the musician could be seen celebrating the win amid cheers from the crowd after what seemed to be the result was counted.
There was, however, a dramatic twist on Thursday suggesting that he might not actually be the party’s candidate.
A now-viral photo which appeared to be the election’s final result submitted at the PDP headquarters in Abuja showed that the 41-year-old singer only secured seven votes while the winner polled 23 votes.
The latest result has sparked a plethora of diverse reactions on social media, with some users expressing “shock”.
Banky W and PDP are also yet to officially react to the outcome of the election as of the time of this report.
The development comes amid controversies trailing the PDP’s house of assembly and house of representatives primaries in Lagos.
The state chapter of the party had earlier called on the PDP’s national working committee (NWC) to cancel the exercise, citing alleged irregularities in ad-hoc delegates’ list.
Philips Aivoji, Lagos PDP chairman, alleged that the ad-hoc delegates’ list brought by the electoral committees for both primaries had been compromised.
“The entire executive committee of Lagos State PDP and five of the six gubernatorial aspirants reject in its entirety, the ad-hoc delegates’ list brought by the electoral committee to Lagos State for the purpose of conducting the primaries,” he had said.
“We are all shocked to see that the list does not reflect the authentic elected ad-hoc delegates as conducted by organs of the party at ward level and supervised by the DSS and INEC.”
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