PDP hatching plans to boycott Kogi polls

By Amako Nneji November 26, 2015 09:50

PDP hatching plans to boycott Kogi polls

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday, November 26, disclosed plans to boycott the Kogi State governorship supplementary election slated for December 5, 2015 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The decision was made at the just concluded PDP National Caucus Meeting as tactically revealed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party Oliseh Metuh during a programme, Kaakaki, aired by the African Independent Television, AIT.

The presenter of the programme who wanted to read the communiqué issued at the end of the Caucus meeting pointed  to the paragraph were the PDP resolved to boycott the supplementary poll but was stopped by Metuh.

    “The communiqué you are about to read has not been made public. I wonder how you were able to get a copy.  But before the end of today, November 26, 2015, it will be released to the press,” Metuh stated.

Metuh maintained that the PDP candidate in the Kogi poll should be declared the winner since the APC did not have a candidate during the election.

    “Our position remain, that Wada should be declared the winner, because the APC has no candidate. We will not settle on anything less than that,’’ Metuh insisted.

Earlier, the PDP kicked against the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, and his slant towards the All Progressives Congress, APC, after he suggested that the party could substitute its late candidate in the Kogi governorship poll.

See: INEC sets up supplementary Kogi polls amidst controversy

The opposition party also asked Malami to “immediately vacate his office for harrying and misleading INEC into arriving at the decision.”

In a statement by Metuh, the party said it was shocked that “INEC, a supposedly independent electoral umpire, could allow itself to succumb to the antics of the APC by following the unlawful directive of an obviously partisan AGF to substitute a candidate in the middle of the ballot process.”

The electoral body had earlier said it would allow the APC to look for a candidate to fill the vacancy created by the death of Abubakar Audu before supplementary elections that would hold on December 5 in 91 polling units where elections were cancelled.

The PDP is however kicking against the statements, saying they were attacks on Nigeria’s democracy.

On Sunday, November 22, INEC declared the Kogi governorship election inconclusive.