Kaduna election: PDP alleges undue relocation of collation, distribution centers in Igabi council

A member of the Board of Trustee (BOT) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prof Sam Oyovbaire, has described the reasons put forward for defection to All Progressives Congress (APC), by the three (3) PDP governors as baseless, illogical and untenable to the doctrines of democratic principles, norms and values.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State has accused the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) of allegedly relocating collation and distribution centres in Igabi local government area ahead of Saturday’s scheduled election in Kaduna.

Mohammed Yaro, Chairman of PDP Stakeholders Forum in Igabi local government, made the allegation on Friday during a courtesy visit by the Forum to KADSIECOM headquarters in Kaduna.

Mrs Saratu Dikko-Audu, Chairman of KADSIECOM, in a statement signed on Friday, said scheduled elections for the Chairmanship and Counsellorship positions would hold Saturday, Sept. 25 in Chikun and Kajuru local government areas.

Others including; Kachia and Soba local government areas were on hold following pending cases at the Courts while those of Zangon Kataf and Birnin Gwari would not hold due to insecurity.

Yaro said the Forum was at the Commission to formally submit a letter of compliant to the KADSIECOM Chairman and to urge the Commission to carry out its functions within the provisions of the law.

“The crux of the matter is about the undue relocation of collation and distribution centres of electoral wards in Igabi local government.

“Same was observed in the recent election and had an inconclusive situation in two of our wards namely; Sabon Birni and Gwaraji wards.

“The election is coming up tomorrow and we realised that distribution centres were relocated to different locations.

“We feel this is not in accordance with the law governing this election and the State guidelines,” Yario explained.

He, however, urged KADSIECOM to rid itself of any external interference, adding, “We feel we can only participate in this election only when it is fair, transparent and credible”.

Responding, Mrs Saratu Dikko-Audu, Chairman of KADSIECOM, commended the delegation and assured that concerns raised would be looked into.

Dikko-Audu, however, advised the delegation to further channel its complaint to the State Commissioner of Police as the decisions bothered around the security of lives and prosperity.

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