By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Twenty-two political parties and the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) in have ensued in an electoral riddle over participation in the scheduled October 17, 2020 Local Government elections in the state.
The 22 political parties that include YDP, PDC, GPN, SPN, PPA, among others, have raised an alarm that SIEC has deliberately refused to allow them participate in the local government polls.
They raised their voices at a press conference in Bauchi on Sunday that despite an appellate court order for INEC to relist them into the nation’s political basket, their efforts to participate in the Bauchi LG polls have proved abortive.
The 22 aggrieved parties were among the 74 parties INEC sometimes early this year de-registered, following which action the parties sought solace from a court of competent jurisdiction with their prayers for relist granted by an appellate court in Abuja on August 10, 2020.
Bauchi State chairman of YDP, Ahmed Tijjani Aminu who led the other 21 political parties to a protest press conference in Bauchi, said their pleas for SIEC to include their parties’ logos and accept the participation of their candidates in the elections, proved abortive.
“We approached BASIEC and formally submitted the Court order to its attention and expressed our interest to participate in the forthcoming Bauchi state Local Government elections for the post of chairmen and councilors as well as bye-election of Dass House of Assembly, all relevant documents were duly forwarded and acknowledged by it”.
Ahmed Tijjani Aminu, while noticing that the present government of Bauchi state is a beneficiary of the judgment of court not long ago, suggested that SIEC and INEC should obey in absolute terms the said judgment of Court of Appeal so as to avoid contempt of court order.
“Time is fast running out on BASIEC and INEC, the end result would lead to court actions, we honestly believe that the consequences of refusing to include our parties’ names and logos in the elections may lead to nullification of the entire process as in the case of recent judgment of ‘Bayelsa State’ Governorship Election September, 2020”.
In a swift reaction, BASIEC chairman, Alhaji Dahiru Tata assured that the 22 political parties have submitted all relevant documents for the candidates to partake in the LG elections, but they were being guided by INEC that was entangled in the legal tussle with the aggrieved parties.