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LGCAs: SIEC, PDP in Verbal War Over Referendum for LGs Creation


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Nigeria

July.18.2014

Contrary to allegation by the Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party that the Independent  Electoral Commission(SIEC)  has no legal basis, the Commission has declared that it has  no legal encumbrance to conduct the Saturday’s referendum as part of the procedures for the creation of the proposed  Local Government Council Areas  initiated by Governor Kayode Fayemi-led Government.

At a press conference in  Ado Ekiti yesterday, the Ekiti SIEC Chairman, Mrs Cecilia  Adelusi, said the referendum, as part of the procedures for the creation of LGCAs, will be conducted in 137 wards across twelve Local Governments as directed by the House of Assembly in the areas where the new Councils were created.

She said the Commission would apply option A4 for the conduct of the referendum, adding that the collated results in each LGCA ,  will be transmitted to the State House  for legislative assent .

Opposing the SIEC’s position on the matter, the PDP, which reacted by its  Secretary, Dr Tope Aluko, said there is  no legally constituted SIEC in Ekiti, urging the people to stay away from  Saturday’s exercise on the premise that Government is committing illegality and  that such action cannot stand in the face of law.

Aluko , said “The Governor is aware of the fact that the SIEC is not in existence and he has said this on several occasion that he could not conduct election in the Local Government because the case is pending in Court and the Court is The Supreme Court”.

But the  Electoral Chief  , who  added that the claim of the Peoples Democratic Party that the SIEC would be acting illegally in view of the suit filed against its composition in Court, said the Appeal Court had in its judgement  of  March 26, 2013 ordered that the matter be tried de novo and that no process has been filed to intimate the Commission  that the case had been reassigned .

She said, “We are empowered by Section 8(3) of the 1999 constitution to carry out this assignment. And as we speak now, no notice before us in SIEC that the case has been reassigned  at the High Court after the Appeal Court judgement  or any appeal pending at the Supreme Court .

“The order that the matter be retried superseded the High Court judgement  of February 3, 2012 that declared our Commission illegal because the appeal court said the trial judge misdirected himself . So, the Commission has no legal encumbrance to carry out this exercise.

“But we want to say that the LGCA will not be operating its full course because the process is inchoate until  it is passed at the National Assembly. Whatever the Assembly arrives at will be subjected to National Assembly before they can become full-fledged Local Governments”.

The PDP Chieftain added that the party filed an appeal against the judgement of Appellate Court at the Supreme Court  in January and “whatever action the SIEC takes now is illegal, null and void”.

Aluko posited that “the Supreme Court has not come out with a decision on the constitution of SIEC. Where has the SIEC got the power to operate? We advise the people of Ekiti to ignore the referendum because it is an exercise in futility. It is designed to confuse the people and set a banana peel on the way of the incoming government”.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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