The Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, Kogi State chapter, Hon. Simeon Ojonuba, has disclosed the reasons the party approached the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal for the cancellation of the November 21 and December 5, 2015 governorship election in the state.
In an exclusive chat with Vanguard, The Chairman said the widespread irregularities which greeted the polls should be tested against the law, insisting that many of the party’s polling agents were brutalized for performing legitimate duties.
Ojonuba said, though the candidate of the party, Mr. Emmanuel Enesi Ozigi was not disposed to the tribunal case, the party owes its teeming members protection against electoral disenfranchisement and violence.
He said: “Our candidate may have decided to opt out of the case for some considerations best known to him, but as a party, we have decided to pursue the case to a logical conclusion and we have confidence in the judiciary to dispense justice.
“We are not fighting anybody but we must challenge a system that robbed our party victory in the governorship election and we have the right to contest the outcome.
“Mr. Emmanuel Enesi Ozigi has told us his position as a person, but that won’t stop us from going ahead with the case. Our members across the state are in tandem with our pursuit of justice,” he said.
On why his party is calling for outright cancellation of the election results, the party chieftain said it was informed by widespread irregularities which run afoul of the electoral law and the manner the party’s agents were victimized as if they have no right to protect the interest of their party.
Also speaking to Vanguard from the National Headquarters of the party, the National Organizing Secretary of the party, Dr. Noah said the National Working Committee of the party is determined to ensure justice is done in the Kogi governorship election. He said the figures allocated to the party don’t reflect the true strength of the party and its candidate in the election.