By Christiana Ekpa
The Minority Leaders of the House of Representatives Caucus yesterday vowed to support the People Democratic Party moves to seek redressed in court over Kogi, Bayelsa elections.
This was just as the group condemned the violence that characterized the just concluded governorship and National Assembly elections in Beyelsa and Kogi States respectively.
The minority caucus led by Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader, Gideon Gwani, Minority Whip and Tobi Okechukwu, Deputy Minority Leader also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the killings of persons and wanton loss of properties during the elections.
The caucus also vowed to approach the court to seek redress for members of their party men that were shortchanged in the elections. This was during press briefing in the national assembly.
It also expressed readiness to amend the Electoral Act that it had loopholes
Speaking, Elumelu insisted that as lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), “we are not impressed with what happened in the just concluded Bayelsa and Kogi election. We are not in favor of the outcome of the election, us as PDP members and other minority parties and therefore we are 100% not in support of the outcome of the election.
He continued, “ we have also come here to register our grievance contrary to the point of Order earlier raised by our colleague, Abejide Adeleke (ADC, Kogi) commending the outcome of the election adjudging to be fair and credible. We want to state that, we are displeased with the violence actions meted out on innocent Nigerians which led loss of lives and properties”.
Supporting the caucus position, Mr. Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu) said, “we are particularly sad with the loss of lives whereby the PDP woman leader was burnt alive and the killing of Senator Deno Melaye’s son was quite disheartening. We condemn the violence perpetrated in that election. I want to state clearly that we would contest the elections in court. I also feel this is the time to amend the Electoral Act, we need to correct the imperfections.
Reacting to the PDP minority caucus leader, Elumelu said “as the leader of minority parties and coming from the Peoples Democratic Party, automatically I’m the leader of the PDP in the House of Representatives”, he clarified.
Shortly after the minority caucus were done briefing the press, Adeleke also strolled into the house press corps to clear the air on the supposed point of order raised by him during plenary where he gave update on the Kogi State election.
“At plenary Speaker asked me to brief the house about Kogi election which I did by raising a point of order whereby I thanked my colleagues for their prayers and success of the election that this time around, the election was not inconclusive. However, on the issue of whether lives were loss, I told them that the election was peaceful in my own area. So I didn’t do anything wrong as my colleagues in the PDP are already agitating”, he submitted.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the weekend conducted gubernatorial and Senate elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States respectively. Many Nigerians and the international observers has come out openly to condemn the activities of the election that it was marred with irregularities and violence.