Taraba News Today
The Taraba state chapter of the All Progressive Congress APC has call on the state government to postponed the rescheduled local government and ward election.
The state Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Barr. Elsudi say the lockdown in the state affected the party activities hence the time frame for the rescheduled election is too short for the All Progressive Candidate to filled her candidates for the election.
Elsudi warned that the APC will boycott the election and go to court if the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC) decide to go on with the election.
Elsudi Further call on Governor Ishaku, to as a matter of urgency sack the Chairman of the TSIEC Mr. Philip Duwe, for incompetency.
But in a swift response to the APC Chairman, Dr Philip Duwe stated that the call by the APC Chairman is just an attempt to undermine the state electoral body and drag the party backward.
He explained that preparations for the local government election had started since February, based on the initial time table, before the state announced lockdown.
Dr. Duwe further said it is abnormal for the All Progressive Congress to be asking for the election to be postpone after initially trying to take the state government to court for not conducting council election.
to participate in the election is optional.” he said
Reacting to why the election will still go on despite the growing case of Corona Virus, Dr. Duwe said it is now time for adaptation.
government cannot shutdown everything. We need to develop a new normal to do things, by trying to live with the pandemic.
We concluded that we shall go ahead and do the election. We cannot afford to wait until the pandemic is zero in the country. Democracy cannot wait too.
Benue State has conducted their local government polls. Cross River and Ondo States also announced to hold their council elections. So, Taraba too has to do its elections.
Are the political parties the ones to fix dates for elections? No. Is not in their manifestos. It is the mandate of the Independent Electoral Commission to liaise with parties and fix dates and conduct elections.
Some political parties have already started buying our forms for the election, based on the timetable we all signed and publicised. It will therefore, be a subversion of our constitutional mandate if we do otherwise.
I cannot cheat anyone. I make sure there is a level playing ground. In the last council polls, the APC won some wards and we announced the winners,” Duwe said.
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