PDP asks AGF, INEC chairman to resign over Kogi poll

By 11:27 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 Comments



Olisa Metuh

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the

Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mallam

Abubakar Malami and the chairman of the

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),

Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, to resign their positions.

According to the party, Malami misled the INEC

into arriving at an “unconstitutional decision” to

allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) to

substitute its candidate in the inconclusive Kogi

State governorship election.

Briefing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, PDP’s

National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh,

said the party was shocked that INEC, a supposedly

independent electoral umpire could 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.

Metuh said, “We are all aware that the two legal

documents guiding INEC in the conduct of

elections; the Constitution and the Electoral Act,

have provisions for electoral exigencies as well as

empower the electoral body to fully take

responsibility for any of its actions or inactions

without undue interference from any quarters

whatsoever.

“We are therefore at a loss as to which sections of

these two relevant laws, INEC and the AGF relied

on in arriving at their bizarre decision to substitute

a dead candidate in an on-going election even after

the timelines for such has elapsed under all the

rules.

“INEC as a statutory body has the full complements

of technical hands in its legal department to advice

it appropriately and we wonder why it had to wait

for directives from the AGF, an external party, if

not for partisan and subjective interest.

“Consequently, the PDP rejects in its entirety, this

brazen move by the APC and INEC to circumvent

the laws and ambush the yet-to-be concluded

election by introducing a practice that is completely

alien to the constitution and the electoral act.

“The clear implication of this action of the AGF and

INEC is that the APC would be fielding two different

governorship candidates in the ongoing Kogi

election, meaning that INEC would be transferring

votes cast for late Prince Abubakar Audu to

another candidate, scenarios that have no place in

the constitution of the land.

“Whereas the PDP, in honour of the sanctity of

human life and respect for the dead, had since

Sunday refrained from making comments on the

conduct of the election, we can no longer maintain

such in the face of the barefaced attack on our

democracy.

“This INEC under the leadership of Prof. Mahmood

Yakubu has shown itself as partisan, morally

bankrupt and obviously incapable of conducting a

credible election within our laws.

“In view of the foregoing therefore, the PDP

demands an immediate resignation of the INEC

Chairman, as the nation’s democracy cannot afford

to be left in the hands of an electoral umpire that

cannot exert its independence and the sanctity of

the electoral process.”

As a result of the development, the party has

summoned an emergency national caucus meeting

for Wednesday, to enable it take a decision on what

it described as “threat to democracy.”


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