The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Edo State chapter Thursday resolved to challenge the recent amendment of the Edo State Local Government Electoral Law by the State House of Assembly. The State Chairman of PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who while addressing journalists in Benin, condemned the composition of the state electoral commission (EDSIEC), adding that the party was heading to the court on the basis of three issues.
According to him, the first issue is whether “the Edo State House of Assembly cannot validly amend the Edo State Local Government Electoral Law to abridge the length of notice of poll stated in section 30(1)of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended, having regard to paragraphs 11 and 12 of Part 2 of the second schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as (amended).”
He said the second issue is whether “no valid local government election can be conducted in Edo State without giving the claimant and other stakeholders the mandatory 90-days notice of poll stated in Section 30(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). Orbih said the court would also determine whether “the amendment to the LG law made by the Edo Assembly on 12th Dec. 2017, was done in violation of the mandatory provisions of the rules of the Edo State House of Assembly, on law making process in the House and Section 100 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The PDP chairman said the party decided to seek legal redress on the matter to help put an end to the unending impunity being orchestrated in Edo State and the country by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.