Coalition of political parties numbering about 31 have indicated their readiness to boycott the local government elections slated for Saturday, the 12th May, 2018 over allegation of grand plans to rig the election in favour of the ruling All Progresive Congress (APC) by the State Electoral Commission (SIECOM).
The political parties who signed to boycott the election are, AA, DPP, CNP, ADC, SDP, APGA, DPC,AD,PPA,PPP,APDA.
Others are BNPP,AGA,NEPP, NNPP,ID, MPN,MMN,CAP,AGAP,PPN, RP, YFP,UDP,MPN, GPN,NUP,APA,NPC and LP.
Meanwhile, the strongest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dissociated herself from the position of the coalition, saying the party is fully ready to participate in the election.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, the coalition leadership 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 disenfranchise the electorate and rig the local government council election scheduled for today.
The State Chairman of PDP, Mr Felix Hassan Hyet in another press briefing, said while the fears of the coalition is keenly noted, the party will participate fully in the election, adding that boycotting the election is not the best option now.
” the PDP is not part of the decision to boycott the election, we are fully ready to participate in the election, however all the fears raised in the position of the coalition are noted” the chairman stated.
The text of the press conference of the coalition signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Hon. Umar Ibrahim and Mohammed Inuwa Wada respectively said, ” 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 the names of aspirants to the public for a minimum period of 10 days in accordance with the extant laws”.
The coalition further raised security concern, stressing that Kaduna State has had enough of it’s political violence, it is therefore urgently imperative that we put the security of lives and properties of the people in high premium.
“The recent utterances by the Governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai which placed a bounty on the three distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing the state at the National Assembly 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 primaries where thuggery left many citizens dead and hospitalized, we are afraid despite the concerted efforts of the state security agencies, that the scenerio might be reenacted at the forth coming local government election.
“It is pertinent therefore, that thenKaduna 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 forth coming local government election in Kaduna State election of today.
” 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 peaful in their various places.
” As law abiding citizens we will continue to pursue all elements of illegality and violation of the electoral laws at the appropraite court of law”.