LG Polls: Kwara PDP Expresses Readiness To Participate

By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

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Ahead of the September local government polls in Kwara State, North Central Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed its readiness to participate in the poll as the major opposition party.

The party expressed this at the meeting of the State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) with the political parties in Ilorin, the State capital.

The party urged KWASIEC to maintain its independence and ensure a fair and transparent electoral process, adding that the electoral body “must go extra mile to prove that the commission will not be teleguided by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC)”.

The integrity of our democratic processes is paramount, and any actions that compromise this integrity must be addressed with the utmost seriousness.

“We call on all our party members, stakeholders as well as Kwara electorate to uphold the principles of democracy and work together with the PDP towards free, fair, and credible local government elections in the State.

“The PDP is pleased to declare that our party is fully prepared for the upcoming elections. Consequently, we have not requested any adjustments to the election timetable previously released by KWASIEC. Our commitment to a transparent and timely electoral process remains steadfast, and we are confident in our readiness to participate under the current schedule.

Price tags

On the price tags for the nomination forms, the party, in agreement with suggestions from other parties, said the fees attached to the nomination forms must be affordable to all prospective aspirants for both councilorship and chairmanship elections. They added that nomination forms for councilorship should not exceed N50,000, while that of chairmanship should also not be more than N200,000.

The PDP, however, raised serious concerns regarding what it termed “a suspicious alliance between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and KWASIEC. This was evident in the manner the APC Chairman, Mr. Sunday Fagbemi, took over the position of KWASIEC’s Chairman and responded to salient questions posed to the Commission, rather than allowing the Commission to address these questions.

The PDP maintains that such behavior from APC chairman has led us to question the impartiality of the Commission and raises fears of potential manipulation in the forthcoming local government elections since there seems to exist sinister alliance with the ruling APC by the singular behaviour of the APC chairman”.

Meanwhile, the PDP in a statement by it’s Publicity Secretary, Olusegun Adewara has announced the commencement of the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms as follows: chairmanship; N100,000 while councilorship is N25,000.

The party also announced Wednesday, 26th June for Councilorship primary elections and Thursday, 27th June for Chairmanship elections.

 

 

 

Emmanuel Ukoh

 

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