The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State has rejected the postponement of the Local Government Elections by the State Independent Electoral Commission stating that it won’t take the excuse of non-delivery of China battery to the Commission.
According to PDP, KADSIECOM postponed the election in order to scuttle the defeat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a result of the bad policies of the Malam Nasir el-Rufai’s administration.
“The party wondered why the Commission would set a date for an election only for them to later postponed the elections knowing, fully well they were never prepared in the first place to conduct the elections, claiming that batteries and other accessories of the Electronic Voting Machines, EVM, were yet to be delivered from China and would be delivered on 27th July, 2021,” the party said through it Publicity Secretary, Abraham Alberah Catoh said.
“SIECOM should have known that there is a timeline for delivery of such sensitive materials before fixing election date in the first place.
“If the SIECOM had any plans of conducting the elections in the first place, these accessories and other sundry matters should have been sorted out long before fixing the deceptive date for the elections just to hoodwinked the electorates and political parties into believing elections were going to be conducted.
“The PDP is ever ready to participate in the Local Government elections any day the Electoral Commission decides to conduct the Local Government elections in Kaduna State.
“The PDP calls on the SIECOM to, as a matter of duty, fairness and credible elections, play by the rules of engagement of the electoral process, so as to give credence to its “Independent” status,” the statement said.
While calling on it teeming party members and supporters to remain calm, PDP said it believed the rainy day has just being postponed, but added that it will surely come.
KADSIECOM had earlier today Friday said the China Battery that will power the electronic voting machines is yet to arrive and postponed the 5th June, 2021 Local Government elections.
But PDP said it is their firm belief that the SIECOM is not acting independently.
The party urged SIECOM to know that it has an image and reputation to guard and protect.
“The tenure of the present serving Local Government Councils will elapse by June, 2021, it is arbitrary to appoint Interim Management Committees to manage the affairs of the Local Government at the end of their tenure,” a statement signed by
“Therefore, SIECOM is going to deny the people of Kaduna State their constitutional right of electing their representatives at the Local Government level.
“The KADSIECOM seemed to have connived with the Nasir Elrufai APC-led government to sabotaged the forthcoming Local Government elections process by the postponement, because they have realised that if elections were to be conducted the APC would loose woefully across the State, due to the bad policies of the Elrufai’s APC led government in the State,” the statement added.