Former fellow member representing Jos N/Bassa constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, has reacted to the exclusion of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Political party, PDP, from the Plateau Province Local Authorities polls, saying PDP was responsible for its fate and not the APC.
Kwande disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Jos, the Province Working capital.
“We didn’t cause it, they shot themselves on the human foot. It is a PDP man that took the political party to the tribunal. We didn’t take them to tribunal. Whether they had settled out of tribunal…It happened to us in Zamfara where a fellow member of the APC took the political party to tribunal. We won the governorship, the senate and all members of the House of Representatives and House of Assembly but we still lost because our fellow member took us to tribunal. So it is not our doing, it is their doing,” Kwande stated.
The politician who is one time once again aspiring for the House of Representatives place, thence, advised the opposition to “just brace upward and give us a good scrap”.
“We are ready for them! We are not scared of the opposition. We have done a good job and I am confident our political party would win,” he added.
He, nevertheless nonetheless, urged successful candidates in his political party to emulate the “good performance” of the President and governor in tell to superior the fortunes of the political party and restore confidence in the province.
“There’s a lot of voters apathy, lots of voters disharmony and I think the political party has lost a lot of ground. But it is upward to them to consider that the political party gains ground before the full general election in 2023,” Kwande farther stated.
DAILY POST recalls that a Province High Judicature sitting in Jos, had on 29th September, 2021 dismissed a suit filed by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Political party (PDP), challenging the choice of the Plateau Province Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), which had excluded the political party from participating in the local regime council polls.
Justice Ishaku Kunda, who delivered the sentence on the matter, upheld PLASIEC’s choice, and said the suit by PDP lacked substance, because the political party could not abide by the guidelines of the commission in participating in the elections.
Kunda maintained that PLASIEC has the right to have refused PDP nomination and look of involvement forms for the said election; stressing that the PDP erred for not having followed the directions.
The jurist sighted the sentence of SP Gang of Nov 20th, 2020, which ordered the political party to conduct province congress, the political party went ahead to evoke sections of its structure and dissolved the province EXCO and constituted a caretaker commission which conducted its primaries that produced the candidates which PLASIEC refused to issue forms.
In the circumstances, the jurist held that all the steps and actions taken by the caretaker commission of PDP, including the conduct of the said primary elections was null and void.
“The entire claims in the submission of the claimant is hereby dismissed,” the Jurist stated.
Furthermore, the PDP went to the Judicature of Appeal, in Jos, seeking an injunction to halt the conduct of the polls, but the tribunal denied them the asking, saying since the tenure of the elected officials at the local regime had elapsed, a vacuum cannot be created.
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