The Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State has asked the Independent National Elect0ral Commission to postpone the governorship election scheduled to hold on the 26th of November, 2016.
The request was made by the state Chairman of the party, Mr. Clement Faboyede, who addressed journalists at their secretariat in Akure, the state capital. He asked INEC to extend it for 30 days.
This is to give the party’s candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN time to prepare after he was yesterday declared as the sole candidate of the PDP in the governorship election after the Appeal Court removed Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate for the election.
He explained that since the law stipulates that seven days notice must be given to a political party to submit its agents list before the election day, the election must be postponed.
He added that the law also says that a political party must be given the voters’ register 30 days before the poll.
Also, the Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on the Independent National Elect0ral Commission, INEC, to extend the November 26 governorship election as a matter of urgent public importance.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the assembly presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Fatai Olotu, unanimously voted in favour of the extension of the election date.
Mr. Olotu said the extension would not have any adverse effect or offend any elect0ral law.
“It’s necessary that all the pending matters in court concerning all political parties participating in the election be resolved.
“The outstanding court cases have generated a lot of security threats to the extent that tension is now palpable in the city.
“Elections are meant to be free and fair, and conducted in an atmosphere devoid of tension,” he said.