From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State has said it will soon sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to a court of law for refusing to conduct bye-elections into Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency.
PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, John Akans, made the disclosure to news men in Jos, at the party secretariat on Monday.
“The Peoples Democratic Party will not hesitate to take legal action against INEC if it fails to fix a date for the election because Jos North/Bassa people are left without a representative for the past six months. INEC has gone beyond the required time to conduct the election as done in other federal constituencies.
“We call on the Independent National Electoral commission, INEC to, inline with the provision of the constitution and electoral act fix a date for the by-election of Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency. INEC should come out and tell Plateau why it’s yet to fix a date for the conduct of this election, having lost the member representing that constituency over six months ago,” he stated.
Akans said that INEC has refused to conduct bye-elections to fill the vacant position created in the constituency, following the death of the former member who represented the constituency at the National Assembly, Haruna Maitala who died early May this year.
It will be recalled that Maitala died with his son in a ghastly motor accident on his way from Abuja to Jos.
According to the PDP publicity secretary, INEC has not given any reason for not conducting a bye election to fill the vacancy that has been created in the Constituency.
“We will sue INEC, to explain why it has not conducted bye-elections at Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency over six months after the death of late Haruna Maitala. Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency has no representation at the National Assembly,” Akans explained.
Speaking on the just concluded local government elections in the state held Saturday across the state, which PDP was excluded from, Akans described the elections as “unfortunate and disgraceful.”
Akans stressed that the council elections was a mere appointments of local government chairmen and councillors.
“What took place last Saturday is not an election, it’s a mere appointment of council chairmen by Governor Lalong.
“This is the worst elections in the history of local government elections in Nigeria.
“APC has no respect for the rule of law, that is why they insisted that PDP should not be part of the elections. The exclusion of PDP from the local government elections is unlawful,” he said.
Akans said PDP shall continue with it (case) suit against Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), which refused PDP from participating in the just concluded local government elections.