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Plateau election to hold despite threats- PLASIEC

Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) says it is not worried over the People’s Democratic Party’s threat to appeal judgment obtained against the party in a state High Court on September 29.

Counsel to PLASIEC, Garba Pwul (SAN) who stated this in Jos said such appeal will confirm the soundness of the lower court’s decision, erase any doubts as well as re-enforce the victory of PLASIEC.

Pwul argued that PDP rather was to be blamed for earlier going to court fractionally, and dissolving its duly elected executive members after which a caretaker committee was constituted that conducted the party’s primaries for the LG polls against its own constitution.

He explained that a High Court presided by Justice S.P Gang, had ordered that PDP constitute an executive council and conduct their primaries, but that the party failed to, but allowed the caretaker committee rather conduct the primaries.

According to him, it would spell disaster for Plateau State if PLASIEC was unable to conduct the election slated for October 9, adding that the constitution instructs that ‘no one can be chairman or councilor of a council if he is not elected democratically in accordance with the law or the Constitution.

The PDP had through its Counsel, Mr Edward Pwajok (SAN), threatened to appeal a judgment, delivered by Justice Ishaku Kunda, of High Court 4 against it in its case challenging the party’s exclusion from the forthcoming October 9 Local Government polls.

Reporting by Josiah Buzun; editing by Muzha Kucha