The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated its resolved not to participate in the forthcoming local government election scheduled to be held on the 3rd of March, 2018.
In a statement by the party Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, the decision was reached after the state government, Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) and the State House of Assembly amended the rules for the conduct of the elections.
The PDP had dragged them to court challenging their powers, among other breaches to make the amendment.
The party called on its member to declare March 3rd as a day of rest, adding that the result and the winners of the LGA election had already been predetermined by the state government.
It reads: “We want to reiterate that PDP is not participating in the sham elections. We did not submit any candidate for any of the positions in any of the wards and local government areas in the state.
“As a matter of fact, we filed a case in court challenging EDSIEC, EDHA and EDSG on their powers, amongst other breaches, to amend the rules for the conduct of the elections. The case has been adjourned to April 11, 2018 at the last hearing.
“From the onset, we outlined our grievances regarding the composition of EDSIEC, the unconstitutional amendment to the number of days notice required to be given to political parties before elections are held and questioned the competence of the EDSIEC as the antecedent of its chairman stuck out like a sore thumb. At this point, we expected EDSIEC and/or EDSG to address these issues raised as they were germane, but instead, they preferred to pay lawyers up to N500m to keep the case in court.”
The party added that “As a consequence and not wanting to give credibility to a flawed and skewed process, whereby all the winners have been predetermined, election results already written in government house and handed over to the Prof. Orobator led EDSIEC for announcement, we hereby advice all our members, sympathizers as well as the good and hardworking people of Edo State to observe March 3rd, 2018 as a day of rest.
“There is absolutely no need to go out to the polling stations as your votes will not count. The election is liable to be declared null and void by the time the case is completed, all those elected, will be dismissed from the offices they were illegally elected into.
“Stay home and rest. If you are a farmer go to the farm. Your time is precious, make good use of it.”