Group ex­presses doubt over Kwara LG polls

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

A group, Kwara Mass Move­ment, yes­ter­day, ad­vised el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in the state not to make the mis­take of boy­cotting the forth­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions slated for Novem­ber 4.

The move­ment said though it had reser­va­tions over the cred­i­bil­ity of Kwara State In­de­pen­dent Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (KWSIEC) in con­duct­ing a free and cred­i­ble elec­tion, it how­ever, ad­vised el­i­gi­ble vot­ers to par­tic­i­pate in all the elec­toral pro­cesses.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the move­ment at the press cen­tre of Kwara State coun­cil of the Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ), spokesman of the group, Bar­ris­ter Su­ly­man Ja­wondo, said the elec­toral em­pire must do all it could to prove scep­tics wrong.

“KWASIEC un­der the watch of Dr. Uth­man Ajidagba is one of the dis­as­ters we have wit­nessed in re­cent times.

‘‘The brazen act of 2014 when he com­pro­mised the will of the peo­ple of Offa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment by declar­ing a dif­fer­ent re­sult will haunt him and the com­mis­sion till eter­nity.

‘‘We are not obliv­i­ous of the fact that KWASIEC is a tool in the hands of the gov­ern­ment of the day; it will con­coct re­sults for the 193 wards and 16 LGAs in the state on Novem­ber 4, 2017.

‘‘How­ever, we would en­cour­age el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in the state to par­tic­i­pate in ev­ery stage of the elec­toral process with a view to hav­ing first-hand in­for­ma­tion on the no­to­ri­ety of the Ajidagba-led KWASIEC,” the group said.

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