Opposition parties boycott today's council poll in Kaduna



Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna under the umbrella of Kaduna Coalition of Political Parties (KCPP) held at the State secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the chairman of Coalition, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim listed the reasons why the parties will not participate in polls, pointing out that the State Electoral body has made a decision to abandon INEC criteria for the conduct of elections in the country.

Describing the situation as unfortunate and mischievous, the Coalition accused the State Independent Electoral Commission of deliberately refusing to make use of INEC card Reader Machine for authentication of voters during the election.

The chairman of the Coalition added that security breach in the coming election is imminent has the activities of key political actors in the political race might lead to violence therefore depriving the people of the state their right to vote.

"It is pertinent therefore, that the Kaduna State Coalition of Political Parties in the interest of peace and safety of lives and properties of our candidates and the general public, that we have chose to boycott the forthcoming local government election".

"As law abiding citizens we will continue to pursue all elements of illegality and violation of the electoral laws at the appropriate court of law." he said.

"Though PDP does not have confidence in the state independent electoral commission but it has great confidence in the electorates, who are ready to kick out the APC government", he said.

But the major opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it will participate in the polls; saying plans by the ruling party to rig the election is not enough reason to boycott the polls.

According to him, " the recent utterances of Governor Nasir El-Rufai which placed a bounty on the three senators have exposed them to danger".

"We as a party are not part of this, and we call on all our supporters to come out", Hyet added.

The Chairman of the party in the State, Mr. Felix Hyat affirmed this on Saturday at a news conference in Kaduna, the State capital. We apologise for the error.