National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has said the party will not participate in the forthcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
Fasehun told newsmen that UPN was abstaining from the polls because it believed that there was no constitutional provision for an acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to conduct an election.
He said the appointment of an acting national chairman for INEC and giving the mandate of conducting election to the acting chairman “is an aberration”.
The Kogi and Bayelsa States elections are scheduled for November 21 and December 5, respectively.
There had been controversy over the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Amina Zakari as the acting chairman of INEC, just as politicians in some quarters have also criticised the appointment as they claim Zakari is Buhari’s in-law.
Fasehun said his party would only participate in the polls if Buhari appoints a substantive chairman for the election umpire, insisting that, “The constitution does not give room to acting chairman of INEC to conduct election. It does not even recognise an acting INEC chairman. It is illegal.
“Any election done or conducted under the present acting chairman of INEC is null and void,” he added.
Fasehun called for the perfection of the use of card readers for subsequent elections to forestall the complaints of disenfranchisement in the past general elections. He said for any election to be free, fair and democratic, every registered voter must be made to participate and the system must be made simple for easy understanding.
Speaking on Buhari’s 100 days in office, Fasehun underscored the urgent need for the President to constitute his cabinet for government to run in accordance with statutes.