[FILE PHOTO] Uche Secondus. Photo: Twitter/UcheSecondus

Protests exclusion of its four strongholds from Plateau council polls
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) banning the use of smart phones at polling units.

National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, accused INEC of a surreptitious move to prevent the global community from knowing its plan to rig the 2019 general elections.

A statement by Special Adviser to Bayelsa State Governor on Media Relations, Mr. FIdelis Soriwei, quoted Secondus making the comment during a closed-door meeting with stakeholders from Bayelsa East Senatorial District in Yenagoa yesterday.

Secondus, who stated that it was quite puzzling that the commission would attempt to prevent the use of smart phones, alleged that the ban was the strategy of INEC and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to rig the 2019 elections.

He said the commission, by that singular act, had sent the country to the dark and primitive era.

The PDP chairman said: “Our position is that INEC is wrong, as there is nowhere in the constitution or the Electoral Act where smart phones are banned.

“INEC, if you throw this country into crisis, you will be held responsible.”

In another development, Chairman of the PDP in Plateau State, Damishi Sango, yesterday said that the exclusion of Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local councils from the October 10, 2018 council elections was a design to exclude the known strongholds of the party.

Sango, who spoke yesterday while addressing journalists at the party’s secretariat, said citing insecurity for excluding the four councils from exercising their franchise is laughable and should not be taken seriously.

He said the PDP and other stakeholders in the state would have regarded the coming council elections as a welcome development “considering the fact that the third tier of government in the state had suffered following the illegal dissolution of democratically-elected officials in June 2015 by the governor barely a month after he assumed office.”

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