The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties in Ekiti State has alleged that the state’s
Independent Electoral Commission deliberately omitted eligible parties from participating in Saturday’s local council election, vowing to go to court to seek nullification of the exercise.
The CNPP said about 21 parties out of 24 existing political parties in Ekiti signified
intentions to contest for the chairmanship and councillorship seats, but only five were approved.
Claims by the CNPP however contradicted the position of the SIEC’s Chairman, Kayode Bamisile, who had announced that only five political parties indicated interest in participating in the elections.
According to Mr. Bamisile, only the PDP met the deadline for submission of nomination forms for elections, but four parties which indicated interest thereafter were given waivers to prevent them from being shut out of the race.
But CNPP, in statement signed by its chairman, Tunji Ogunlola, and spokesperson, Kunle Omotayo at the end of a meeting in Ado-Ekiti, totally condemned the “shoddy preparation” of the state electoral umpire and its inability to carry all other political parties along.
The conference accused the EKSIEC Chairman of speaking from both sides of his mouth, describing as contradictory his statement that only PDP met the deadline while turning around to mention five political parties.
“This is a sign that the result of the local government polls had already been predetermined,” CNPP said.