Guber poll: Kaduna PDP tasks INEC on impartiality
Christian leaders accuse APC govt of dividing Kaduna
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) collation agent in Kaduna State, Danjuma Sarki, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure neutrality in the governorship and House of Assembly ballot.
Sarki noted that so far, the umpire had heeded to the various complaints emanating from the last presidential and National Assembly elections, urging INEC to correct the lapses identified before the coming elections.
The PDP chieftain said this, yesterday, while addressing newsmen during the distribution of election materials to the 23 local councils of Kaduna.
He said: “There were issues of non-functionality of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) machines. This issue should be addressed before the coming elections. But for the late arrival of materials, I think INEC has heeded our advice, being the reason it commenced distribution today, with the hope that, by tomorrow, all the local councils would have got their materials. By Friday, we expected that the materials would have got to the wards for onward distribution to polling units.
“Our call on INEC is to ensure neutrality and not to allow themselves to be used. The neutrality displayed at the last election by INEC and security was commendable, and we expect to see more of the neutrality in the coming election.”
He urged security operatives to maintain global standard in the discharge of their constitutional responsibility, and not to allow themselves to be used by politicians at the detriment of the society.
On his part, INEC Head of Electoral Operations, Kaduna, Hussaini Muhammad, assured the people of the Commission’s readiness to ensure that people’s votes count.
MEANWHILE, Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association (SKCLA) has accused the APC of sowing enmity, distrust, fear, as well as unhealthy rivalry between the people of Northern and Southern Kaduna.
Urging Kaduna voters to vote against bad leadership in the governorship and House of Assembly polls, the Christian leaders advised eligible voters in the state to come out and rescue the state from misrule by political leaders who would impose bad policies and hardship on the citizens.
Chairman of SKCLA, Emmanuel Kure, stated, in Kaduna, yesterday: “I passionately and desperately appeal to all citizens of Kaduna to vote against that wall that has sown enmity, distrust, fear and very unhealthy and bloody rivalry between Northern and Southern Kaduna, separated people of faith even from within same religion.”
“The last eight years has caused so much pain and confusion for most of the state and even more for one part. Unfortunately, the secret campaigns to the elections still carry the same messages of fear, lies, seeds of division, blackmails, inducements and strange promises of all sorts.”
Kure, former National Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the Vision Pioneer of Throneroom Trust Ministry, pleaded with Muslims and Christians to vote with one voice, break that wall and bring back the God of love to the state.