By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Following fire outbreak that gutted the Headquarters of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) on Saturday, April 21, 2018; the Labour Party (LP) has insisted that in spite of the development, elections in Kaduna State must go on as scheduled.
In a press release signed by the State Chairman of the party, Honourable Umar Ibrahim, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, said LP is deeply saddened by the development happening few days to the long awaited State Local Government elections.
While commiserating with the Commission and the State Government over the incident, the Party however said it has committed a lot of resources in preparing for the polls and would not hesitate to seek redress in court of law if the polls fail to hold as scheduled.
“Labor Party is worried about this unfortunate incident, but wishes to categorically state that in spite of the development, elections in Kaduna State must go on as scheduled.
“Labour Party believes in true and genuine democracy and is of the view that the local government areas which are the closest to the grassroots deserve to be administered by elected representatives at council and ward levels.
“Labour Party has committed a lot of resources in preparing for the polls and would not hesitate to seek redress in court of law the polls fail to hold as scheduled.
“We therefore, insist that the Local Council Polls will still hold as scheduled, while calling on the State Government and Law Enforcement Agencies to fully investigate the incidences surrounding the circumstances of the fire outbreak to erase suspicions of sabotage from those who may not want the polls to hold.
“Labour Party is a Party that believes in equity, justice and fairness and assures all that our party when it takes power at the Centre and States and LG, would ensure that Nigerians are place first!”