The celebration by Musician turned Politician, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, over his victory at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives primary election for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency Seat appears to be short-lived.
On Monday, Banky W, in a video widely circulated, was seen celebrating the win amid cheers from the crowd after what seemed to be the result was counted. He was said to have polled 28 out of 31 votes cast by delegates.
However, in a dramatic twist on Thursday 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.
This 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.”