The Peoples Democratic Party has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for siding with the party on the suggested resolution of the Kogi state governorship imbroglio.
Rufai Ahmed Alkali, PDP’s national publicity secretary said the “timely intervention of the electoral umpire has no doubt doused the raging tension and uncertainty that citizens of the affected States were thrown into.”
INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, had on Monday directed that Idris Wada, Kogi state governor elect, be sworn in as the substantive governor of the State.
Jega’s decision ran contrary to the directives of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, who had directed, after the Supreme Court ruling sacking five states governors last week, that the Speakers of the State Assemblies should be act pending fresh elections.
“We wish to particularly applaud INEC for the directive given for the immediate swearing in of Idris Wada as Governor of Kogi State whose election was already concluded before the judgement,” Mr. Alkali said.
The party also commended INEC for its decisions on the other states whose governors where sacked by the Supreme Court.
“INEC’s decision to quickly fix new dates for the gubernatorial elections in Adamawa, Bayelsa, Sokoto and Cross River States as well as the endorsement of candidates dully nominated by the various political Parties has also gone a long way in calming frayed nerves, reducing tension and bringing back confidence to our democratic process,” Mr. Alkali said.