PDP demands fairness ahead of Kaduna bye-election

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday demanded for fairness in the conduct of the bye-election for Sabon Gari constituency in the House of Assembly, on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seat occupied by Aminu Shagali, a former speaker of the house, declared vacant in April, after he alleged to have absconded from activities of the assembly for more 360 days.

Mr Hassan Hyet, the Party Chairman, made the demand in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.

Hyet said that although the party had gotten assurance from various , including INEC and security agencies, it important that the exercise not compromised in any way.

“We are only pleading them to live up to expectations by keeping to their words. Let INEC be independent and fair to all.

“As a party, we are approaching the polls optimism of emerging victorious,” he said.

“The party will be willing to accept the outcome of the results of the polls, but if it turned out otherwise, we will react.

“We will certainly not accept the results if it happens that the mandate of the people is compromised.

“We have been assured of a level playing ground and we will hold authorities by their words,” Hyet added.

NAN reports that the June 19 polls will hold in Chika, Muchia, Jushin Waje, Hanwa, Dogarawa, Unguwan Gabas and Zabi wards of the council.

INEC said no fewer 128,051 registered voters are expected to participate while five political parties have fielded election.

The parties according to INEC are: the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), People’s Redemption Party (PRP), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Action Democratic Party (ADP). (NAN)