By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The People’s Democratic Party PDP in Plateau central has call on for outright cancellation of the senatorial and house of representative elections held in one of the five local government areas of the Plateau central senatorial district for alleged irregularities.
“We write to demand for the cancellation of the purportedly held senatorial elections in Kanam local government area o 23rd February, 2019.
PDP Chairman, Plateau central zone, Benedict Shiknughul made the call Friday, at the state party Secretariat in Jos, while addressing a press conference.
The Plateau central senatorial district is made up of Bokkos, Mangu, Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam local government areas.
It will be recalled that the returning electoral officer for the Plateau central senatorial district Prof Joseph Mangut, had on the 26th February declared the said elections inconclusive in the presence of stakeholders.
But later said to have declared the All Progressive Congress APC candidates winner of both senate and house of representative seat for the zone respectively.
The documents which pronounced the Plateau central senatorial district and house of representative for Pankshin/Kanke, Kanam federal constituency elections inconclusively was duly signed APC and PDP agents.
According to Mr. Shikgnughul, the announcement of the returning electoral officer contravened electoral laws, hence the need for it outright cancellation.
“We demand for the cancellation of the purportedly held elections in the entire Kanam local government base on INEC regulations and guidelines for the conduct of election, schedule 1 management of the margin of lead principle (response scenarios) and order of supplementary elections to be held in the entire Kanam local government area for a duly elected candidate to be returned for the senatorial constituency.” He explained.
It alleged that the elections was marred by violence, harassing PDP agents across Kanam local government area, and electorates presumed to the PDP supporters.
“Violence and attacks on all agents of the PDP at polling units, all fourteen ward collation centres and the local government collation centres, who have to run for their lives.”
According to the piece of the press conference, copied the press release to the commissioner of police Plateau state, director of Department of state security and the commandant Nigerian security and civil Defence Corp, Plateau state.