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Delta PRP condemns PDP for dragging three parties to court

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi Correspondent, Asaba


PEOPLES Redemption Party (PRP), Delta State Chapter has condemned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Delta State Chapter for seeking the disqualification of all the nominated candidates of the Accord Party (AP), Labour Party (LP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC), Delta State from the March 28, 2015 and April 11, 2015 General Elections.

It has advised the PDP to immediately and unconditionaly withdraw the suit and concentrate on her continued robust and commendable elections campaigns for the 2015 general elections.

PDP has taken the three political parties to court for their inability to comply with the provision of Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, requiring political parties to give INEC at least 21 days notice before the dates sets for primaries of political parties to nominate candidates for general elections to be conducted by INEC.

According, Comrade Igbini Emmanuel, PRP, Delta State Chairman and Comfort Obi, State Publicity Secretary, said that section 85(1) of the Electoral Act is not a necessary and sufficient ground for justifiable disqualification of candidates nominated by political parties, worse of all, it is not a ground for non-bonafide member of a political party to seek legal action against the nomination of a member of different political party.

On the suit number FHC/ASB/CS/28,29.30/2015) filed by PDP, PRP agrees with the fact that Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act is a requirement on all political parties “but we wish to state that this provision is just one of the many requirements in the Act and Nigerian Constitution (Sections 225-227) expected to be strictly complied with by political parties but which are often not complied with by almost all registered Political Parties in Nigeria”

Igbini maintained that if the intention of the PDP in instituting this suit is to create crisis or destabilize the respondents in this suit and seek to have them disqualified from the elections, then the PDP should be reconsidered, reminding the PDP that the major ground for easy nullification of a conducted general election is “unlawful exclusion” of a duly registered political party or its candidate for an election as specified in Section 138(1d) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended and which has been used to annul many elections in the recent past.

While reminding PDP that the unfortunate major setback it faced since year 2001 were the legal actions filed against Governors James Ibori and Dr  Emmanuel Uduaghan which distracted them and deprived Deltans from full benefits of stable and focused democratic governance for almost 16 years, he lamented Deltans and the state were worse victims and yet to recover from it.

‘’A repeat, we wish never to happen again except on very justified ground of cases of obvious electoral frauds and injustices, which the plaintiffs aim to use to seek legal redress rather than resort to self-help and violence. We strongly advise against any form of legal actions that will cause another series of distractions for would-be duly and rightly elected candidates in elections in Delta State,’’ Igbini said.