31 Political Parties To Boycott Kaduna Local Government Polls
It looks like the local government elections scheduled to hold today, May 12, 2018, would have only 2 political parties participating.
This is because a coalition of political parties have indicated their readiness to boycott the local government elections slated for today the 12th of May, 2018.
The 31 parties allege that there are plans to rig the election in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by the State Electoral Commission (SIECOM).
The political parties who joined the boycott are AA, DPP, CNP, ADC, SDP, APGA, DPC, AD, PPA, PPP and APDA.
Others are BNPP, AGA, NEPP, NNPP, ID, MPN, MMN, CAP, AGAP, PPN, RP, YFP, UDP, MPN, GPN, NUP, APA, NPC and LP.
Apart from APC, the only other party who did not join the boycott is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party is fully ready to participate in the election.
Addressing a press conference, 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 the 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 read in part,
"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.''
The coalition further raised security concerns, 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 the Kaduna State Coalition of Political Parties in the interest of peace and safety of lives and properties of our candidates and the general public, have decided to boycott the forth coming local government election in Kaduna State today."