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PDP boycotts council election in Edo

25 April 2013, 09:08

Edo - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo on Wednesday withdrew from the rescheduled council polls in Esan West Local Government over lack of confidence in the electoral body.

The party’s Chairman in the local government, Victor Idiakhoa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the conduct of the Edo State Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) would not guarantee free and fair polls.

Idiakhoa said that the commission had clearly demonstrated that it was incapable of ensuring that the peoples votes would count.

According to him, our party and supporters have lost confidence in EDSIEC and have no reason whatsoever to partake in its activities.

``The conduct of last Saturday’s election was shameful and several people who had anticipated a one man one vote situation went home disappointed.

``It is for this reason, that we took the decision not to participate in the rescheduled election.”

Asked if the state chapter of the party supported their action, Idiakhoa told NAN that the decision was that of the local government.

``We took the decision here at the local government and informed the state, and I think they agree with our decision,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria, Thomas Okosun, has described the withdrawal of PDP from the poll as an acceptance of defeat.

He said: ``fI their decision to withdraw is true, it would not affect the credibility of the election in any way.

“Six political parties participated in the election, so, withdrawal of one political party is of no value,'' he said.



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