Edo PDP tasks mem­bers, others on vot­ers reg­is­tra­tion

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Mike Eg­be­jule, Benin City

EDO State Chap­ter of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) yes­ter­day urged the peo­ple to keep faith with it by get­ting reg­is­tered in the on­go­ing con­tin­u­ous vot­ers reg­is­tra­tion (CVR) to en­able them vote and bring about pos­i­tive change.

The party also re­ceived no fewer than 8,000 mem­bers of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) who de­fected to the PDP. They in­cluded a chief­tain and for­mer gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rant of the APC, Chief Bless­ing Ag­bomhere.

Ag­bomhere, who led the de­fec­tors to a PDP rally at Fu­gar, head­quar­ters of Et­sako Cen­tral Lo­cal Coun­cil in the state pledged his com­mit­ment, loy­alty and readi­ness to work for the party ahead of the forth­com­ing elec­tion.

The PDP has also said the party will not par­tic­i­pate in the Edo State Lo­cal Govern­ment Coun­cil Elec­tion fol­low­ing a case in­sti­tuted by the party to chal­lenge the Edo state of Assem­bly(edha) over is­sues both­er­ing on elec­toral mat­ters.

State Chair­man of the PDP, Chief Dan Or­bih made the po­si­tion of the party known while speak­ing on ral­lies sched­uled to hold across the 18 lo­cal coun­cils in the state tagged, “Meet the Peo­ple Tour.” The week­long ex­er­cise is to en­able the PDP ex­ec­u­tive brain­storm and in­ter­act with party mem­bers and sup­port­ers across the lo­cal govern­ment coun­cils in the three sen­a­to­rial district of the State.

Or­bih who gave rea­sons for the boy­cott of the lo­cal coun­cil elec­tion said EDSIEC did not com­ply with the rel­e­vant sec­tion of the con­sti­tu­tion on elec­toral mat­ters hence the PDP has ap­proached the court to chal­lenge the process on the elec­toral law as amended by the Edo State House of Assem­bly (EDHA) .

Or­bih how­ever con­demned the mem­ber­ship com­po­si­tion of the Edo State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (EDSIEC), al­leg­ing that it is par­ti­san as it com­prises reg­is­tered mem­bers of cer­tain po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

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