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PDP faults INEC's postponement of FCT council elections

16 March 2016, 21:48

Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area council election earlier scheduled for March 19, 2016,

The elections are now scheduled to hold on April 9, 2016 following what that electoral body said was it inability to procure the necessary number of ad-hoc staff to conduct the exercise on the earlier scheduled date.

But the party alleged that INEC shifted the elections in order to stop the party's recent momentum at the polls.

Also read: Parties kick against postponement of FCT elections

A statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, in Abuja on Wednesday, queried the postponement "at the instance of a particular political party," saying that there is no valid reason for the shift, except that the PDP and its candidates are more popular and set to sweep the elections in the areas.

The PDP said it is aware that the postponement is part of the moves to deny the PDP of its imminent victory at the polls.

The statement added: “Intelligence reports available to us indicate that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was instigated to shift the election merely because that particular political party realized that our candidates were going to sweep the polls.

“It is indeed incontrovertible that most Nigerians from all walks of life residing in Abuja are in support of the PDP and are ready to express this support overwhelmingly at the FCT elections. The shift, we know is a fallout of the panic and conspiracy against the PDP.

“We ask, is the postponement to allow a particular set of electoral and security officers being used in the Rivers State National and State Assembly rerun elections enough time to conclude that assignment and return to conduct the one in Abuja in two weeks time?

“Is the development a confirmation that these particular electoral and security officials are on special assignment against the PDP?

“Our take is that in spite of the conspiracies, the will of the people will prevail.  All our members and supporters are fully mobilized and ready for the elections.

"It is obvious that we are winning; the people are with us and will not accept anything short of free, fair and credible elections which will be adequately represented in the results therein."

- News 24


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