By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The National Conscience Party, NCP whose candidates were all delisted from the list unveiled by LASIEC last Tuesday has vowed to pursue its case for justice up to the Supreme Court.
All the candidates of the NCP were rejected by the commission following the court action instituted by the party to protest the collection of the administrative charge set for the parties by the commission.
The General Secretary of the party, Comrade Ayodele Akele asserted as such during a press conference in Ikeja even as he alleged a grand conspiracy by the All Progressives Congress, APC, LASIEC and some elements in the judiciary to manipulate the elections to the favour of the APC.
“The hard facts on the ground confirm the reality. As we speak, 77 NCP candidates for the council polls have been wickedly denied forms and registration by Philips led LASIEC using illegal guidelines unprecedented, callously imposed on the forthcoming elections.
“The NCP had organized its primaries peacefully since May 20, 2017 in the presence of three LASIEC representatives and the list had been submitted formally to LASIEC.”
The party therefore, wondered why the same LASIEC has refused to give electoral forms when the leadership requested for them.
“We have been ostracized along with the millions of people that never met the conditions imposed by LASIEC. Unlike LASIEC, Independent National Election Commission, INEC forms are available online free of charge for party candidates to down load fill and submit with supporting documents.
Why must INEC forms be free and LASIEC forms are not. Why must LASIEC case be different, where is the precedent.?”
He maintained it was completely illegal and undemocratic for LASIEC to charge a single kobo for any form for the election as there are Supreme Court rulings against the guidelines since 2003 in a lawsuit filed by the founder of NCP late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.
NCP, also expressed worry over the fact that the party had earlier filed a lawsuit against LASIEC in Lagos High Court since May 12, 2017, “over the undemocratic guidelines with an Affidavit of Urgency attached and as we speak, two months after, the lawsuit has not been heard by any judge in Lagos State High Court. This is a big scandal.
“This development clearly raises a lot of questions about whether judiciary is actually the last hope of the common man. Now, they are saying the court is going on vacation by July 17, 2017, few days to the July 22, 2017 council polls.”
He stressed that the court which was supposed to salvage the cause has refused to hear the matter.
“We are ready to take the matter to the Supreme Court. This is pure attempt to exclude credible candidates from contesting while they are busy using public funds to feather their own nests and campaign.”
Akele vowed that NCP would continue to stand against a situation where LASIEC imposes so-called guidelines that crudely negate basic democratic principles that are totally different from the established INEC standard and Constitution of Nigeria.
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