Emeka Atuma, Organising Secretary of Social Democratic Party (SDP), has said the party will approach the court of law to seek a shift in date for the Kogi Governorship election, scheduled for November 16.
Atuma said this on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, on Friday.
He said the party has limited time to prepare for the election, following the order of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to restore Natasha Akpoti, the party’s candidate for the election, with eight days to go.
According to him, the postponement of the election was one of the seven prayers the party submitted to the court.
He said: “Court judgment are procedural, if one judgment has come, saying our candidate should be included in this election, even if there is no consequential order to INEC, demanding that the election be postponed, what else are we going to do as civil citizens, is to return back to court.
“INEC would have to go by the law. All I’m saying is, we have to go by the provisions of the law. We are not asking anything that is immoral, or something that is not provided for by the law.
“We are not asking for any help, we are Nigerian citizens and we are bound to be guided by law and we are not a nation guided by politics. Our mission should be seen as one that is guided by the precepts of the law,” Aruma said.
Akpoti, his deputy, Adams Khalid, and the SDP had approached the court to challenge their exclusion from the election by INEC.
Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa held that INEC acted above the law by refusing to accept the party and its candidate for the poll.
She ruled that INEC had no power to disqualify any candidate for an election, without the backing of a court order.
Ogunbanjo-Giwa ordered the commission to put the SDP logo on the ballot papers to be used for the election.
INEC had refused to accept the candidature of Khalid in replacement of the earlier nominated deputy governor, Mohammed Yakubu, on the grounds that Yakubu was not qualified in the first place to be fielded as a deputy governorship candidate, on account of his age.