‘Sixteen political parties’ back PDP, want Ondo election postponed

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Sixteen political parties have supported the call for the postponement of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

The call is coming days after the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, made the same demand, citing security threats.

Nigeria currently has 29 registered political parties and twenty eight are taking part in the Ondo election.

In a statement on Monday, signed by the leaders of the parties, the political groups said the call was made to avert what they described as an “impending political crisis” that could occur if the election goes ahead as planned.

According to them, major political parties were enmeshed in crisis that could affect the election.

“The gravely unfortunate scenes playing out in both the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Party (APC), the ruling party in the state and the major opposition political parties are clear indications of major political crises brewing unabatedly in a state known for peace, political stability and tranquility and harmony,” the statement said.

“Another critical concern is the growing level of violence and insecurity in the Ondo political environment precedent to the governorship election on Saturday. In recognition of this ugly fact, we also take this opportunity to call on the relevant security agencies (the Police, DSS, NSCDC, etc.) to immediately put pressure on INEC to shift the election date to a possible date after the court processes have been completed, but within the constitutional provisions, to guarantee peaceful and healthy political environment for the election.”

Parties listed in the statement are African Democratic Congress (ADC), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC), and Democratic Peoples Party, (DPP).

Others are National Conscience Party, NCP, People for Democratic Change, PDC; Labour Party, LP, Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), United Democratic Party, UDP; Advanced congress of democrats, ACD, Peoples progressives party, PPP, Peoples Redemption party PRP, United Progressives Party, UPP and Independent Democrats, ID.

The parties said the action of the Independent National and Electoral Commission, INEC, so far, have left much to be expected.

“Just a few months ago, in the Edo governorship election, INEC upheld the candidacy of the Senator Markafi-led faction of the PDP as the authentic group to file a candidate for the party. Now, in the Ondo State governorship election slated for Saturday, 26 November, 2016, the same electoral umpire is upholding the governorship candidacy of the Senator Sheriff-led faction of the party. We must allow some time (after the court verdict) for frayed nerves and tension to begin the soothing process of easing, for true and fair elections to hold in Ondo State,” the groups said.

The PDP made a similar call for the postponement of the election after an Appeal Court in Abuja adjourned an application filed by a governorship candidate of the Makarfi faction of the party, Eyitayo Jegede.

The party told journalists in Abuja that the shift was necessary to resolve the legal dispute over the party’s candidate for the state election.

The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, said it would be wrong for INEC to continue with the election as planned for November 26 since the matter was before the Supreme Court.

The call was however rejected by the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Also, INEC described the call as unnecessary.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ondo State, Olusegun Agbaje, told PREMIUM TIMES that the issue in court was a pre-election matter which the electoral body was not obliged to wait until it was decided.


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  • Taiwo

    INEC is bent on installing Buhari’s candidate at all cost. Even if nobody comes out to vote, they will still declare APC’s candidate as the winner. An election, where the court and INEC collude to field an inferior candidate against the APC candidate cannot be described as credible. That’s a corruption of the electoral process by the Buhari’s administration and an indication of what we expect in 2019.

    • Galantman

      Use your brain please. Buhariphobia will not allow you to think. Is it Buhari that cause the problems in the PDP? Is it Buhari, that make Jimoh Ibrahim a candidate? You even have the guts to mention the courts when we are now witnessing the type of evil judiciary that the PDP produced for this country. PDP has beaten the genius books of records for election rigging and violence

      • Charles

        YES IT IS BUHARI THAT CAUSE THE PROBLEM IN PDP
        YES IT IS BUHARI THAT INSTALL JIMOH IBRAHIM
        YES BUHARI IS THE SYSTEM, NOT THE PERSON.

        • MO the Observer

          lol… you don pass exam..ote

    • Charles

      talk about CPC, APC is dead. APC is the vehicle that brought CPC to power, for long CPC has been unable to move until this vehicle provided by Tinubu came to its rescue. APC is a vehicle(Tinubu) while CPC(Buhari) is the occupant. Thank you

  • wode

    Trying to stop a departed train…it’s gone!

  • Charles

    whether we our ego sentiment, can take it, it is a fact now, that Buhari’s CPC has played a fast one on Tinubu’s AC, used the AC to ride to power and discard both the horse(AC) and the rider(TINUBU) and now CPC is in power. Tinubu has lost the west come 2019, because Buhari does not need Tinubu any longer come 2019, INEC and state security will be used to win all the western state with or without Tinubu, but if Tinubu refuse to play along, corruption charges will be used to beat him into submission.

    • Senator D

      Is that fair?

      • Charles

        it is survival of the fittest, look before you leap, Buhari was driven by a northern agenda while Tinubu was driven by a personal agenda and this was why tinubu was so blinded that he never saw this coming. the conservative north lead by Buhari has taken over the affair of this country that he will never hand over even to a moderate north and by the time they finish with the rest of us, we will be panting for air like a lady raped by hundred men.

        • Aminu

          Please for the sake of proofs can you mention those Northern agenda, myself a northerner but don’t know what are those agenda and don’t forget to give statistics of Federal appointments done by this administration vis- a -vis population & state of origin of every appointee.

          • Charles

            see where you got it wrong, when has population become yardstick for federal appointment?

      • Charles

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      • Charles

        N ;/.PL.P;/LUIJHNYHGF

      • Charles

        RIGHT

    • Pat

      Correct. However, Senator Tinubu is a master planner anyday and anytime. if he eventually form a new Political party, I’m seeing massive exodus to the party. Mind you Atiku, Tambuwai, Okorocha, Ambode, Ajumobi, etc are good political allies of Tinubu. Charles, are you not surprise of how Fayose is singing praises of Yorubas and Tinubu in particular?

      • Charles

        Yes, that is why Buhari is configuring the judiciary, the security apparatus and the inec for any unforeseen circumstance on his way in 2019. Tinubu will not stand on the way of a moving train, because he knowns the implication. you see Tinubu has decided to ride on the back of a lion, he must be advice to keep ridding because the moment he descend the lion he created will eat him up. Tinubu has made a fatal error.

        • Babso

          What exactly has Buhari done to Tinubu that is bringing all these insinuations? Must Tinubu have his way at all times? You win some, you loose some. You can’t have it all at the same time.

          • MO the Observer

            leave Charles make he dey analyse rubbish

  • Ola

    Nigerian Politicians are very reckless and always economical with the truth. How could you ask an INEC to postpone an election because of ” gravely unfortunate scenes playing out in two political parties”. This is the same as students asking the school authorities to cancel scheduled exams because they are not ready . Typical of our present day native culture .
    If we leave polls scheduling to political parties , no election will ever be conducted in this country.

    • Opekete

      You are the only one who makes any sense over this issue. Others were just busy expressing their anger and hatred for either Tinubu or Buhari. National institutions are not created to pander to the whims of some childish politicians. The election must hold and if there is breakdown of law and order the IG must benter held accountable.

      • Charles

        you are waiting for people to die and for the IG to be held responsible.? is this a better way of crisis management.?

        • Babso

          The same people faulted INEC when they postponed the Edo election on security concerns. Head or tail, the politicians can never be satisfy except the game is been play according to their rules.

    • Charles

      yes you seem right, but this is not a school situation, have you taught about the security implication.?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Sixteen PDP allies and PDP extensional political parties are losers and failed associations who have benefited tremendously from the PDP sizteen years of locust tenure that bankrupted Nigerian public treasuries and ruined the nation, can not force INEC the statutory-authority on political parties and election conduct.No real primary election was conducted by the Olusegun Mimiko,s regime to pick Oyeniyi Jegede, but governor Olusegun Mimiko, hand-picks Oyeniyi Jegede, as his stooge to cover his widespread corruption tracks after end of his tenure.