By: JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP),has blamed the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM) for culpability in the recently conducted Local Government elections in Kaduna State.
In a Press Statement made available to newsmen, signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Hon .Abraham Alberah Catoh, the PDP raised the following concerns :-
“1)We expect that by now the culprits that were involved in the elections aberration that took place in Chikun Local Government would have been arrested by security agents at the instance of the SIECOM.
2) The position of SIECOM that it did not disclose the identities of Returning Officers in order to forestall what happened in the past untenable. This is because SIECOM did not disclose the identities of such ROs even in the 12th May,2018 elections to the public but only to APC/Government officials.
Therefore, it was SIECOM’s refusal ,even on our request ,to reveal the identities of the ROs that created mistrust in the electorates in both Kaura Local Government and other places.
3) In Jaba Local Government, results were duly announced and declared by the SIECOM Staff sent by the Commission, but for SIECOM to say they have two(2) results at hand means that they have sent two Returning Officers as against the provision Section 23 of the law governing the elections.
SIECOM should come out and explain the sources of the second results and the authority behind such results.
4) In the Re-run in Kaduna South Local Government ,it is laughable to announce that in the two(2) remaining Wards of Sabon Gari North, APC scored 16,579 votes, PDP scored 1,985 votes and Sabon Gari South, APC scored 17,409 votes, while PDP scored 1,731 votes, in total, APC polled 37,968 votes as against PDP’s 3,677 votes in the two Wards.
The public is hereby to take note that in the 11 Wards declared by SIECOM in the 12th May elections ,APC got a total of 12,434 votes as against PDP’s 19,748 votes, for the results of 1 Ward now to be more than the results of 11 Wards garnered in the first round of elections,calls for questioning.
In the whole, we condemned in strong terms, the double standard being demonstrated by the SIECOM, that is supposed to be an unbiased umpire.
As a Party that believes in the rule of law, PDP would challenge all acts not in line with the electoral laws at the Tribunal. We expect the SIECOM to have learned a lesson in the 12th May,2018 elections before embarking on the 6th June elections. The conduct of the 6th June election shows that no lesson was learned.
Finally, the PDP once again deeply appreciate the support and peaceful conduct of her members in particular, and the peoples of Kaduna State,in the last two (2) elections. We call on them to continue to maintain such noble posture as the Party is doing everything legally possible to retrieve and defend the mandate given to the party by the good people of Kaduna State.
We will address the general public in the near future, any new time and date of the elections for Kaura and Chikun is announced, ” it concluded.