Edo LGA Election: PDP accuses Obaseki of sending secrete order to EDHA
- Obaseki secretly picks Feb 6 to gain an advantage over PDP
The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused the State Government of planning to reduce the statutory 90 days notice before Local Government election to 45 days.
In a statement signed by the state publicity secretary, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, and shared with NAIJA CENTER NEWS, the PDP accused the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki of sending a secret order to the Edo State House of Assembly through his SSG, Osarodion Ogie.
The PDP alleged that Obaseki has secretly fixed February 6th, 2018 for the election in an attempt to deceive the opposition and the people of the state, in order to have upper hand in the local government election.
The party linked the action to the APC’s fear of defeat, citing a similar incident in 2016 where the party postponed the governorship election without consulting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Chris said “A few days ago, EDSG in realization of its abysmal failure and imminent rejection by the majority of Edo people, has decided to further interfere in the administration of local government councils in the state.
“Governor Godwin Obaseki through his SSG Osarodion Ogie has sent an executive order to the Edo State House of Assembly, demanding the immediate amendment of some sections of the Law establishing EDSIEC (Edo State Independent Electoral Commission), particularly the reduction of statutory 90 days notice before Local Government elections to a mere 45 days.
“This adjustment amendment in the time frame is an attempt to deny other parties time to nominate their candidate, campaign and sell their manifesto to the populace as well as time to examine the candidates APC plans to parade. While the APC state government has secretly chosen February 6th 2018 as the date to conduct the local government election, it has refused to make it public as part of its ploy to deceive the opposition parties and the people of the state.”
The disappointed PDP described the move as “unfair” as it further buttressed the belief that the APC government is intolerant to the opposition.
“This amendment is not only alarming, it is unacceptable, illegal and unfair. It exposes the intolerance the APC government has for opposition and fear of accountability it must undergo when opposition candidates are elected chairmen of the various councils they have “burgled” in the last 9 years.”
PDP added that “In 2016, the APC led federal government postponed Edo State Governorship election without consulting the INEC just because it was advised that if elections were to hold as advertised, in a free, fair and transparent manner, APC would be dealt a humiliating defeat.”
It is clear that APC is destroying the democratic ethos.
The party advised the government to reverse alleged ill thought out policy and always have the welfare and wellbeing of Edo people as its priority, adding that everything needs not be politicized.