Kwara APC chides Police over permit for PDP rally

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara

Party warns of negative reactions from Kwarans

The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the police for granting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a permit to organize a rally on Sunday, describing it as “unconstitutional and political.”

The party said the permit was in violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010, which states that “the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90days before polling day and end 24hours prior to that day.”

The police gave the PDP a permit to hold a rally on Sunday at the Lower Niger Basin in Ilorin, the state capital.

Stating that though the activities of the opposition PDP in the state was not its concern, the APC said it was, however, bothered about the maintenance of the rule of law.

“The PDP cannot be an exception and no election in 90days time in the state. Where did the Police and PDP derive their powers from?” the party said in a statement on Sunday by its interim spokesperson,” Sulaimon Buhari.

“The Police should be seen as an enforcer of law and not aiding violation of law with impunity by the PDP. If the rally is permitted to hold by the police, the police would have lost the moral ground to enforce this provision of the electoral act on other political parties in the state.

“We warn the police against selective enforcement of law in the state as it may attract consequential reactions from Kwarans.”

The party alleged that the recent successful registration of its members had left the PDP and its handlers jittery, hence the resort to organise rallies. It claimed that the PDP had been abandoned by the indigenes of the state and that that the choice of venue for the rally was an attestation to this.

“This is evident as the choice of Lower Niger River Basin as against the traditional Metropolitan Square for political rallies by the PDP is borne out of fear of low turnout of the people,” the APC said.

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