By AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the resignation of Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and Attorney General (AG), Mallam Abubakar Malami, in the wake of the inconclusive governorship election in Kogi State.
The poll was held this past weekend.
The opposition party said the alleged unconstitutional decision to allow the All Progressive Congress to substitute its candidate following the death of its initial candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, prompted the calls.
Abubakar died on Sunday of a suspected heart failure after INEC declared the poll inconclusive.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the party was that INEC, a supposedly independent electoral body “could allow itself to succumb to the antics of the APC” by following the “unlawful” directive of an “obviously partisan” AG to substitute a candidate in the middle of the
“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 inaction without undue interference from any quarters whatsoever,” said Metuh.
“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,” Metuh said.
He said PDP wondered why INEC had to wait for directives from the AG, an external party “if not for partisan and subjective interests.”
“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.”
Metuh said the implication of this action of the AG and INEC is that the APC would be fielding two different governorship candidates.
“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,” he said.
Comment could not be obtained from Yakubu and Malami.
– CAJ News