Our attention has been drawn to a purported Local Government elections in Kaduna State, notice and time table, by the Kaduna State Electoral Commission, KADSIECOM. The comment is contained in a press statement signed by the Kaduna State PDP Public Relations Officer, Abraham Alberah Catoh and issued to Gurara Accord.
PDP in Kaduna State is contesting the legitimacy of KADSIECOM to stipulate a date for the conduct of the LG election in state.
Saying, “The “Overseer”and his cohorts, have no legal power to convene such meeting(s), as it is not duly constituted by the combined effect of Section 197 (b) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the 3rd schedule of the constitution, which clearly states the powers of the State Independent Electoral Commission.
“It is only a duly constituted State Electoral Commission that can give such notice(s), as in the case of Kaduna State Electoral Commission whose membership is not complete and the “Overseer” is not recognised by the law.
“Therefore,the notice issued, and any other act done by the “Overseer”, is unconstitutional and cannot stand.
“As far as the law is concerned, there is no SIECOM Body in Kaduna State, until such a time the membership of the Commission is properly constituted.”
Thus, the People’s Democratic Party,PDP, is calling on all its members and supporters to remain calm and focused, as this illegality cannot hold any water.
Finally, the party calls on the governor Nasir Elrufai led APC government, to be more proactive and live up to his constitutional responsibilities, by constituting a legally recognised electoral body, that would conduct Local Government elections in Kaduna State, which would be recognised by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.