A group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates for the forthcoming local government election has accused the Kwara state Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) of unfair treatment in the handling of some candidates of the party in the forthcoming local government election.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Saturday, the coalition of PDP candidates said the reason advanced by the electoral commission that the affected candidates failed to meet the deadline was a deliberate attempt designed to disenfranchise them.
The coalition of PDP candidates said that chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the party for Offa, Oyun and Ifelodun local government areas were disallowed by the electoral umpire from registering ahead of the expiration of the deadline.
The coalition chairman, Comrade Musbaudeen Esinrogunjo, who spoke to reporters alongside other party flag-bearers, urged KWSIEC to reverse its decision to allegedly eliminate the affected candidates out of the council polls.
It said it would not fold its arms and allow the rights of citizens to be trampled upon in a democratic dispensation, declaring that Kwara was neither a Banana Republic nor a lawless state.
“The attention of the coalition of party candidates vying for various positions cut across all the political parties in the forthcoming local government election in Kwara State had been drawn to the purported and kangaroo decision taken by the leadership of KWASIEC to deliberately prevent some candidates from participating in the forthcoming election with flimsy excuses of not meeting up with the dateline set for the payment of levies to Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission.
“The unfortunate news was not only received with utmost shock but instantly rejected because it’s calculated attempt to victimize the candidates in question on reasons best known to KWASIEC.
“We wish to state categorically clear without fear or favour that the candidates that were purportedly disallowed from registering from Offa, Oyun, Ifelodun, etc made frantic efforts to meet up with the dateline set by KWASIEC for the payment but all their efforts were frustrated by the same KWASIEC. It is well known that the dateline was September 19, 2017, KWASIEC vehemently refused to attend to these candidates because they had ulterior motives not to recognize their candidature. All efforts to make them see reasons to accept the payment from candidates of the aforementioned local governments hit a brick wall.
“On this note, we the concerned coalition of party candidates in the forthcoming election call on KWASIEC, to as a matter of urgency, recognize the candidature of the aforementioned candidates, who were not allowed to register by KWASIEC or we will not allow election to hold in all LGAs.
“At this juncture, we call on all concerned stakeholders in Kwara State as well as the security agencies, to take note of the ugly situation trending. We are law abiding citizens. As such, we shall not take the laws unto our hands. But we appeal for swift intervention to help in the restoration of sanity in the polity. Justice, equity and fairness must be shown to all and sundry irrespective of class, party affiliation or otherwise.
“Finally, we equally appeal to the supporters of the candidates in question to be calm, humane and resolute while we pursue this cause to the logical conclusion.
…LGs election must hold on schedule – CNPP
The Congress of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has said the 2017 election must hold as scheduled by the Kwara Independent Electoral Commission (KWSEIC).
In statement made available to Pilot Politics in Ilorin weekend jointly signed by its chairman, Alhaji Adebayo Lawal, Secretary, Prince Olufemi Adeleke, PRO, David Abu Ifabiyi and Welfare Officer, Comrade Mobolaji Ibrahim, CNPP rejected the idea of postponement as demanded by IPAC.
Part of the statement reads:
“The rouse of a news item being peddled via the back door by an extraneous group calling for the postponement of the forthcoming local government election is self-serving and uncalled for hence, it should not be heeded by the electoral body conducting this very important election in Kwara State.
“On close scrutiny of the source of the call, we found a set of people making the false claim of being the newly elected officers of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Kwara State chapter and led by comrade Abdulmumin Onagun.
As all political parties are by right members of IPAC, it remains on record that the last elections of the State IPAC was conducted last in September, 2016 by the officials sent for the people as usual from the National Headquarters in Abuja which produced the Chairman in the person of Alhaji Abdurahaman Omotosho of Kowa Party along with other State Executives of the body.
To date, no official from Abuja headquarters of IPAC come down to Kwara State to conduct another election of the executive committee of the state IPAC.
“In fact, the whole of the North-Central zone elections of IPAC had been placed on hold till further notice comes from headquarters of IPAC. In view of this, all the people parading themselves as the newly elected executives of IPAC are impostors who are hereby seriously warned to desist from the illegal act or risk prosecution in the appropriate court of law.
Also their unfortunate pronouncements on the forthcoming local government election slated for November 2017 should be discountenanced as seriously lacking n merit. We are therefore calling on the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) to go ahead with all the arrangements being made for the local government’s elections to hold peacefully, freely and fairly in accordance with their drawn-out schedule that had been distributed to all political parties in the state.
We say no to any sort of postponement because the few people calling for the postponement are doing so for their own selfish reasons and interest without giving much thought to the interest of others and the continued sustenance of our young democracy.