From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Barely three days to the Local Government election in Kano state, Kawankwasiyya faction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a lawsuit against the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) for using the party’s logo on the ballot papers.
Recall that the Kawankwasiyya group, which is recognized by court and the national body of PDP, had declared that it would not participate on the Saturday Local Government election because the state’s electoral commission would not do justice to the party.
But, the KANSIEC chairman, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, on Tuesday told newsmen that another faction of PDP in the state, led by Ambassador Aminu Wali would participate in the election, saying “as far as I am concerned, PDP will participate in the poll.”
However, the Chairman of PDP Kawankwasiyya faction in the state, Shehu Sagagi, who is duely elected by the national body, yesterday said they had filed a case of contempt of court against the KANSIEC before a state high court for violating the court order to recognize other faction of the party in the forthcoming election.
Sagagi also stated that the party has sued the state electoral body for contempt while insisting that it should not recognise the other faction of the party as demanded by a court order.
“The chairman of the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission is either ignorant of the extant laws or he is just behaving like a politician.
“The faction claiming that they will participate in the coming local government elections earlier took the party to court in Kano. On their request again, they transfered the case to Abuja before a vacation judge, Justice Taiwo O Taiwo of the Federal High Court and he gave his ruling non the 2nd of October 2020.
“That the National Executive Committee has the power to appoint, and whoever has the power to appoint has the power to reappoint and therefore dismissed their request. Which means the law recognises only the leadership of the then caretaker committee under honorable Danladi Muhammad.
“Put that aside, even if they disagree with that everyone is aware that the Independent National Electoral Commission has the supervisory power over all the political parties in Nigeria. If the chairman of KANSIEC has any doubt, let him write a letter to the INEC to seek clarification. But they are not after that. They are trying muscle us and we are not cowards” he stated
The chairman therefore declared that their faction is ready to go to Supreme Court if it so requires.
“We call on the judiciary to save this situation. We have presently filed a case of contempt against the person that is parading himself as chairman, and also the chairman of KANSIEC.
“We have also filed before the court whether KANSIEC has the right to accept a candidate other than the one from the legally recognized executive of the party. This is what we want the court to determine”, he stated.