The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Labour Party (LP) and Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), have threatened to boycott the coming council poll in Nasarawa state. It will be recalled that the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASEIC), has scheduled the council poll for May 26, 2018. At a stakeholders meeting in Lafia, the state capital, the PDP stated that it would not participate in the scheduled election, if the APC proceeds with the process that it described as suspicious. The state chairman of the party, Francis Orogu, said preparations for the election had already shown signs of fraud. He alleged that the newly appointed chairman and members of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) are card carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. The PDP also kicked against the proposed fee to be paid by
of the various political parties aspiring for chairmanship and councillorship positions. NASIEC had fixed the fees at N500, 000 for chairmanship candidates and N200, 000 for councillors. APGA on its part faulted the APC’s decision to commence the election, while the state assembly is still in the process of amending the tenure of chairmen and councillors and other provision of the local government Electoral Act. The state chairman of APGA,Alh Musa Saidu, said the state assembly was yet to invite people for the public hearing of the amendment, given its sensitive nature. He argued that the election cannot hold while the electoral law is still undergoing amendment. He expressed concern about the secrecy surrounding the amendment, which might put the entire process in jeopardy. “It is widely feared that the secret amendment was designed to upturn the provisions for free and fair election in the state.
“Worst of all, while we are struggling with the illegalities and the uncertainties surrounding the entire process, the state government announced the appointment of an APC chieftain, as chairman of the electoral commission,” he said. The chairman of the IPAC, Haruna Iliyasu, urged the commission to restart the process if it is serious about conducting free and fair poll. He maintained that IPAC members would only keep faith with the election, if the state Assembly comes out with comprehensive guidelines on the tenure of council chairmen and councillors in the state.