The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State has condemned the statement credited to the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi that people without voters card would be allowed to vote with driver license in the December 7 Local Government election.
PDP maintained that any guideline or ‘law’ made by the State government through State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) that runs contrary to the Electoral act and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will be vehemently resisted by the Party and rejected by the people.
In a statement by the PDP Publicity Secretary in the State, Mr Jackson Adebayo, it was said that the governor and his agents at the SIEC have resulted to obnoxious steps after realizing that the election will not be a usual game as they thought at the beginning.
Adebayo said its condemnable for the Electoral body to be be asserting that those without voters card can use driving license or national ID card as an alternative, saying that where is it provided for in the Electoral act and the country’s constitution?
The Party added that most of the guidelines laid down by the Ekiti SIEC are not acceptable to law, an observation which the Party has raised in the past and under no circumstances would the Party accept liability for the breach of these obnoxious outlaw guidelines.
PDP explained that the Governor and his SIEC should do the State good if he could just accept the fact that the State belongs to all but not only his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) where its own constitution can be twisted to fit into some People’s desires.
According to the Party, there is no ambiguity in Local Government election as the government want to be presenting it now, hence its advisable for the SIEC to follow only what’s obtainable in the general elections rather than taking some illegitimate short cut to bar other party’s candidates from contesting in the election.
The Party spokesman noted that that the idea of using other ID cards rather than voters card is a deliberate arrangement to rig the forthcoming Local Government election which would not be acceptable under any guise.
‘The position of the law is that voters would come for accreditation with their voters card and proceed to cast their vote, anything aside from this is a laughable abracadabra that is neither acceptable to the PDP or the people of Ekiti State. ‘