…..We are in the Race, says PDP
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
Kaduna Coalition of Political Parties (KCPP), made up of 31 political parties, said they are withdrawing from the Local Government Election holding tomorrow, Saturday, 12th 2018, accusing the ruling party in the State of planning to rig the election, using the State Independent Electoral Commission.
According to the chairman of the coalition, Honourable Umar Ibrahim, during a press conference in Kaduna on Friday, said “the attention of the joint leadership of the opposition political parties in Kaduna State has been drawn to a grand plan by the Kaduna State independent Electoral Commission to disenfranchirse, the electorates and rig the Local Government Council’s election which is scheduled for 12-05-2018.”
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the People Democratic Party (PDP), has said they are not part of the boycott, as they are battle ready to participate in the election, even though the argument of the coalition was valid.
State chairman of the party, Hassan Hyet, said, his party has worked too hard in preparations for the election to opt out at this point because his party have enough confidence on the people of Kaduna state to boot out the APC from the State.
The coalition added that, “it is imperative that the Kaduna State coalition of political parties draws the attention of the general public to this grand and deliberate plan to rig the
election in favour of APC which is unfortunate and mischievous.
“It is on record that, the State Independent Electoral Commission has deliberately refused to; make use of the INEC card Reader Machine for authentication of voters during the election.
“Display the voters Register at polling units for voters to confirm their names and eligibility to vote, display names of aspirants to the public for a minimum period of 10 days, in accordance with the extent laws.”
He said it important that security of lives and property of people of Kaduna State is prioritized because the state has had enough violence in the past, saying, “the recent utterances by the Governor Kaduna State Mal Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai which placed a bounty on the three distinguished senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing the three senatorial districts in the State has exposed them to danger and subsequently deprived them and their teeming supporters from exercising their civic responsibility to vote in a free, fair and peaceful election.”
“Going by what happened during the APC’s primaries where thuggery
left many citizens dead and hospitalized, we are afraid despite the
concerted efforts of the State’s security agencies, that the scenario
might be re-enacted at the forth coming Local Government election.
“It is pertinent therefore, that the Kaduna State Coalition of Political Parties, in the interest of peace and safety of lives and properties of our candidates and the general public, that we have decided to BOYCOTT the forthcoming local government elections in Kaduna State scheduled for 12th May, 2018.
“It is a verifiable fact that the Kaduna State coalition of political parties had
champion the course of democracy and its attendant benefits to the people.
We therefore urge the general public to remain calm and pursue their legitimate businesses, while we use this medium to appeal to our members to remain peaceful in their various places.
“As law abiding citizens we will continue to pursue all lement of illegality
and violation of the electoral Laws at the appropriate court of Law.” The added.
The party includes; Labour Party (LP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Africa Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), All Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Young Democratic Party (YDP) among others.