INEC is yet to fix a date for a re-run election in Plateau, North Central Nigeria.
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Plateau State Chapter, Monday, accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of deliberately delaying fixing a new date for re-run of a senatorial bye-election so as to pervert justice in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The CPC accused the electoral body of being partisan and taking the side of the ruling PDP in the annulled bye election.
The party, in a statement signed by its state secretary, Dabit Joseph, said INEC’s action is “unfair to the party.”
The CPC was reacting to INEC’s Public Affairs Officer in the state, Bencyn Ikpe, who allegedly said INEC appealed against the judgment of an Abuja High Court that annulled the election of Gyang Pwajok.
Mr. Joseph described INEC’s position on the judgment as “misguided.”
“We are aware that even the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court have frowned at INEC on matters that has to do with the interpretation of the law. INEC has no power to refuse any candidate,” the CPC said. “We therefore urge INEC in the spirit of fairness and justice to obey court order and straight away fix a date for the by election.”
Gyang Pwajok, who was declared winner of the October 6 Plateau Northern Senatorial bye- election, was sent parking fro the Senate following an Abuja High Court judgement alleging irregularities by INEC in conducting the elections.
The Abuja court annulled the election because INEC had conducted it without CPC’s logo after the latter had presented its candidate and documents in order to contest at the poll.
The bye-election became necessary after Gyang Dangtong, the original senator occupying the Plateau Northern Senatorial seat, passed away in Barkin Ladi area of the State.