Court Strikes Out Case To Stop Kwara LG Election

Ahead of the planned Kwara state local government elections billed to hold on Saturday 26th October, an Ilorin High Court presided over by Justice Suleiman Kawu has failed to grant an injunction by the All Progressives Congress (APC), stopping the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) from conducting election into the remaining fifteen local government areas in Kwara state, alleging illegality, when a matter challenging the validity, legality and the constitutionality of the proposed election is pending before the court for determination.

Defendants in the suit were the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) and other participating political parties in the election namely, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), and Independent Democrats (ID).

Delivering the judgement that lasted nearly an hour, Justice Suleiman Kawu ruled that all the basic factors that ought to be satisfied in the applications were not satisfied whereas on the other side, the balance of convenience is heavily on the side of KWASIEC as well as the PDP.

He then stressed that the party had refused to act promptly having being served notice of election by KWASIEC sometime in May this year, and then declared the suit as lacking merit, hence the dismissal of the case, ruling that the proposed local government elections fixed for tomorrow must go on as planned.

Reacting to the ruling, the Interim State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shola Iji lamented that the ruling will disenfranchise his members from exercising their civil rights.

Reacting to the court judgement, the counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abdulwahab Bamidele said the affidavit of the applicant is barren, naked, bare and without substance, and that they cannot expect justice from a self-created urgency.

 

PDP Is Used To Issues Of New Parties– Aderemi

Segun Aderemi of the National Coalition for Good Governance says the PDP is already used to the emergence of new parties in Nigeria’s political arena and these new parties is posing no threat to anyone.

Speaking on the 2015 elections and emergence of new parties, specifically on the APC, on sunrise Daily, Aderemi stated that most of the politicians that formed these parties are offspring of the ruling party the PDP.

‘The issue of new parties coming is a thing we are used to’ as he hinted that the ruling PDP which is now 14 years.

‘PDP is a party that cuts across not just only in Nigeria’.

Commending the move by the INEC in registering new parties ahead of the 2015 elections, Aderemi said it will only boost Nigeria’s democracy, and the ruling is not worried by it.

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Politician Says PDP Unperturbed By Emergence Of Political Parties

A former Minister of Agriculture in Imo State and staunch PDP Member, Longiers Anyanwu has declared that the ruling party PDP is not in any way worried about the new political parties ahead of the 2015 elections, because the PDP is only concerned about the wellbeing of Nigerians and good governance of the nation.

Mr Longiers, who was a guest on Sunrise Daily, the breakfast programme on Channels Television however stated that a repeat of happenings in 2003,2006 and 2007 is about unfolding in 2013 where some people form emergency parties with shabby agendas, with the aim of ‘uproot’ the ruling party PDP from power, but that move never worked for the perpetrators.

Reacting to the recent change in the political arena of the country, that is, the registration of two new parties ID and PDM, and also in particular, the merger party, APC, which has vowed to reshape the politics in Nigeria, the former minister said PDP has no scores to settle with any party, therefore the registered parties are welcome unto the political fold if, they are in it for the benefit of Nigeria.

“We are not threatened by any form of entry, I want to assure you that PDP has been on ground for 14 years, sustaining its core values, promoting peace, ensuring that the territorial integrity of this country is protected, which are the cardinal values of our party

“It is strange today that we are experiencing the entrance of political parties that declare itself before the crafting of their manifestos, it is amazing that a party can emerge without clear cut dimension, without clear-cut ideological base, only to come out and attack the president and the chairman of our party without any agenda recklessly to cause aspersion on the existing political party”

Mr Longiers however stated that despite the PDP welcoming these parties with ‘constructive criticism’ the ruling party will no longer tolerate the unnecessary distractions, overheating of the polity as it is not fair on the party.

Politicians In Nigeria Are Power Mongers– Lawyer

“Nigerians are not getting the best of politicians and political leaders as the mind-sets of those in positions and those seeking positions is not to serve but to become power mongers.”

These were the words of a legal practitioner, Jiti Ogunye, who discussed Nigerian politics, the emergence of new parties, deregistration and mergers of political parties, on ‘Sunrise Daily.’

Describing the political atmosphere as a game of Chess, he said “They are not giving Nigerians; a lot of options, I think what’s going are just ‘political calculation’, Chess game and this is not the first time it’s happening”

The legal practitioner hinted that the politics that our leaders and office seekers play is not in the interest of making Nigeria better but for their selfish interests and in order to achieve this, they gallivant amongst the political parties in the country seeking a suitable platform where they achieve their aims, making it a ‘do or die’ affair to man political offices.

“What’s paramount on the minds of many politicians in Nigeria is not service, they’re power mongers, and sometimes I wonder whether some marabouts or some spiritualists or pastors had told them they will be president in their lifetime or they will be governor”

“What they do is that they run across parties just hunting for platform,” he added.

Mr. Jiti cited the Ondo governor, Olusegun Mimiko who moved from AD (Action for Democracy) to PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) then LP (Labour Party) where he contested for the governorship position, then Ogun governor Ibikunle Amosun who move from PDP to ANPP and now ACN where he also became a governor as in instance of cross-carpeting.

He however juxtaposed the recent political scenario with the days of Action Group (AG) where according to him Rewane was a member for a long time and never sought political office.