February 02, (THEWILL) – The Labour Party (LP), has disassociated itself from the alleged plot by the Plateau State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), to pressure political parties, to boycott Saturday’s rerun election in the state.
THEWILL reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has scheduled Saturday, February 3, for rerun/bye-elections in 26 states in the country.
The LP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said the party will participate in the rerun polls, adding that it is not under any obligation to accept a “ridiculous decision by IPAC to stop political parties from participating in the election.”
The statement read: “The leadership of the Labour Party has disassociated itself with the decision by the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC Plateau state chapter to pressure political parties not to participate in the Saturday rerun election.
“The Labour Party shall participate in the rerun election and we affirm that we are not under any obligation to accept any of such ridiculous decisions by the IPAC to stop political parties from participating in the election.
“It has been established from the High Court up to the Supreme Court that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was disqualified from participation in the rerun elections as a result of some irregularities on their part. The decision is in line with the laws of the land.
“Therefore we appreciate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for holding on to the law established by all the courts including the Supreme Court and going ahead to conduct a rerun in the affected constituencies.
“To that extent, we are calling on all people of the Plateau North Senatorial District to come out en-masse and vote for Barrister Gyang Zi for the Senate as well as Hon. Daniel Asama who is the LP candidate for Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency.”