Election Boycott: PDP Disassociate Itself,   …Says Test of Democratic System is to Participate in Election

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By: Joy Odor/Kaduna

 The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has disassociated itself from the planned boycott from the 31 Coalition of Opposition Political Parties in Kaduna, saying the test of any democratic system is to participate in the election.

The Chairman of the Party, Honourable Sir Felix Hassan Hyet who disclosed this in a sharp reaction on the position of the Coalition during a press conference at the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kaduna Council Secretariat on Friday said PDP will take the necessary steps after the election if there is any foul play.

“The attention of the Party was drawn to the call by a group for boycotting of the Kaduna State Local Government polls scheduled to hold on Saturday May 12, 2018.

“We as a party are not part of this, and we call on all our supporters to come out and vote. This decision was not taken with our knowledge” he said.

Sir Hassan Hyet who is also a former Minister of Aviation explained that the attitude of security officials tomorrow (Saturday) will determine what action their party will take.

On the credibility of KADSIECOM, the State PDP Chairman said the election will determine how they will place the Commission, pointing out that the Party would not want another excuse for the polls not to hold.

“We restate our position that that decision was not taken with us.

“We respect the observations raised, but boycotting the election will not bring benefit to us, the only thing that will bring benefit to us is to go out and contest.

“The issue of election is an issue of the voters. Our confidence is on the voters, that is why we are going out, relying on our voters to go out and vote.

“We made our position known and preferred the use of card readers. But since INEC agreed to make the voters register available, we would work with that.

“A government that came to power and promised to conduct election in three months to be yet to do it three years on, we will not want to be part of another excuse” Hyet added. 

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