By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Kaduna State has charged Governor Nasir el-Rufai to constitute a legally recognized Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) that would conduct local government polls in the state in May this year.
The call was made in a statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary, Abraham Alberah Catoh,following a press briefing held by KADSIECOM on Monday where the time table for local government election was unveiled.
“The party calls on the governor Nasir el-Rufai-led APC government, to be more proactive and live up to his constitutional responsibilities, by constituting a legally recognised electoral body, that would conduct Local Government elections in the Kaduna State, which would be recognised by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” it said.
The party said its attention has been drawn to a purpoted local government elections in Kaduna State notice and time table, by the Kaduna State Electoral Commission, (KADSIECOM).
“The “Overseer”and his cohorts, have no legal power to convene such meeting(s), as it is not duly constituted by the combined effect of Section 197 (b) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the 3rd schedule of the constitution, which clearly states the powers of the State Independent Electoral Commission.
“It is only a duly constituted State Electoral Commission that can give such notice(s), as in the case of Kaduna State Electoral Commission whose membership is not complete and the “Overseer” is not recognised by the law,” PDP said.
The party said therefore, the notice issued, and any other act done by the “Overseer”, is unconstitutional and cannot stand.
“As far as the law is concerned, there is no SIECOM Body in Kaduna State, until such a time the membership of the Commission is properly constituted.
“Thus, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is calling on all its members and supporters to to remain calm and focused, as this illegality cannot hold any water,” it concluded.