Benin- The Edo PDP has sued the Edo Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) at Edo High Court for the refund of form fees collected from the chairmanship candidates and councillors contesting April 20 elections.
This is contained in a statement by the party Chairman, Dan Orbih, made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Benin.
Orbih said the party was determined to compel EDSIEC to refund the sum of N100 000 and N50 000 it collected from chairmanship and councillorship candidates, respectively as fees for forms.
He also expressed dismay at what he called the poor funding of EDSIEC by the state government.
``On Wednesday, we went to the High Court in Benin to file a suit demanding that EDSIEC to refund the N100 000 and N50 000 that it collected from chairmanship and councillorship candidates.
``We believe that their action is illegal as we are relying on sections 106 and 107 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which gives no such powers to the commission to demand for such fees.
``We are also not satisfied with the funding of EDSIEC by the state government,” he added.
He stressed the need for the state government to fund the commission well enough to conduct these elections, saying candidates should not pay for the positions they were contesting.
He recalled that in the last governorship election in the state, no candidate was made to pay for their forms.
Orbih said that the party was firmly on the ground, adding that it was fielding chairmanship candidates’ in the 18 local government councils as well as 192 councillorship candidates in the wards across the state.
He urged defectors to return to the PDP in order to take the party to the next level.