Party Chairmen in Taraba State kicked against the January 13, 2018 date for the conduct of Ardo Kola State Constituency by-election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The date was rejected at a stakeholder meeting convened by the Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner in Taraba, Alhaji Umar Muhammed, in Jalingo.
The Taraba Assembly Speaker, Abel Diah, had on November 20, declared vacant the seat of the former member representing the constituency in the State Assembly, Emmanuel Dame, who died on October 26.
The state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Victor Kona, at the meeting said the date was unrealistic because his party was preoccupied with preparations for the national convention.
“The incoming executive will need at least two weeks to settle down. Unless INEC doesn’t want the PDP to participate in the election,” he said.
Similarly, the state’s youth leader of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ade, rejected the date, saying it would clash with activities associated with the New Year and Christmas celebrations. He urged INEC to shift the date.
The state Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, Mr. Peter Achagwa, urged INEC to consider February 10 as the date for the election, considering the festivities and the expected change in leadership in the PDP.
Earlier, the INEC Administrative Secretary and Acting REC, Muhammed Umar, told the stakeholders that the national headquarters of the commission had fixed January 13 for the by-election.
Umar, however, promised to convey the stakeholders’ position to the commissions’ headquarters for appropriate action.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )