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Labour party drags INEC to court over Rivers polls

01 April 2016, 18:23

Abuja - The chaos characterising the re-run elections recently held in the Rivers State has taken a new twist with candidates of the Labour Party initiating legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The candidates said through the action, they would register their disenchantment and disapproval over what they termed “ostrich game” played by the INEC pertaining to the conduct of the recent rerun polls.

The candidates include Douglas Dodiyi – Manuel (Candidate, Akulga/Asalga Federal Constituency), Ted Dagogo Princewill (House of Assembly ASALGA Constituency 1) and Saturday Dabotubo Ngoji (, House of Assemble ASALGA Constituency 2).

“INEC appeared to have deliberately covered its head in the shameful and dirty political sand and consequently neglected or refused to perform its duties without fear or favour,” the jointly stated.

“Rather, INEC finds it convenient to call for a fresh re-run each time the elections are marred by violence and killings instead of wielding the big stick against the known perpetrators of violence and anarchy so as to move the state forward and improve our electoral culture and expectations.”

Also read: 32 killed in pre-election violence in Rivers State 

The candidates said it was disheartening the INEC had failed to initiate proceeding to disqualify the candidates from two political parties that have held the state to ransom shedding innocent blood in the process.

This appears to be in reference to Governor Nyesom Wike’s People’s Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress (APC).

The parties have been blamed for the violence of recent months and the leaders have been fanning it.

“The electoral umpire has chosen to treat the gladiators and perpetrators of mayhem with kid-gloved hands and conveniently call for re-run which is bound to produce the very same scenario and predictable result that would not reflect reality,” the Labour Party candidates said.

The party is therefore withdrawing from elections.

It is demanding a refund our expenses with regard to the last two botched polls.

“We shall therefore initiate legal proceeding to seek redress against INEC if it fails to perform its statutory duties by complying with this demand,” the party said. 



- CAJ News


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