Some political parties in Nasarawa state have filed a law suit against Nasarawa LG pool that is expected to hold today, 26th May.
It will be recalled that the Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura gave the Nasarawa State Electoral Commission, NASIEC, the nod to conduct the Local Government Council Elections some time back.
The State Electoral Commission had also on the 5th March, 2018 summoned a meeting of stakeholders to communicate their intentions to conduct a Local Government Council Elections in the State.
NASIEC therefore announced May 26, 2018 as the date for the election and that political parties wishing to contest in the election will purchase forms with the commission thus:- =N=500,000.00 for Chairmanship candidates and =N=200,000.00 for each councillorship contestant.
Following this meeting, registered political parties under the aegis of Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, met (excluding the APC) on 9th March, 2018 and deliberated on the pronouncements of NASIEC.
The body of political parties issued out a communique which read in part positions of some of the political parties to boycott the planned LG election, institution of legal action against the state government and NASIEC if certain aspects of their grievance were not met.
This communique resulted in the splitting of the political parties into two factions of those who agreed to boycott the election and those who said they would participate in the election.
A total of number 12 (twelve) political parties, including the All Progressives Congress, APC, later issued out a counter press statement, under a body called “Inter Party Advisory Committee”, to the effect that they were participating in the election.
Some of the the political parties that said they are boycotting the election have filled a lawsuit to challenge the intentions of the state government and NASIEC on the planned election.
The political parties mentioned in suit are
1. Independent Democrats, ID,
2. Peoples Democratic Party, PDP
3. All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA
4. New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP and
5. Rebuild NIGERIA, RN.
Some of the boycotting political parties like the Labour Party (LP), declined to be joined in the law suit even though it is not participating in the Saturday May 26, 2018 election.
Below are the paper’s of the suit as obtained by Nasafocus.