By Dapo Akinrefon
DEMOCRATIC Peoples Party, DPP, governorship candidate for Kwara State, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo, has refuted report that the party did not meet the deadline set by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the submission of party candidates list.
In a statement, Wednesday, Mr Olawepo said: “This information is false and is the handiwork of enemies of democracy working closely with some bad eggs in INEC headquarters, who need to be flushed out if the reforms promised by Professor Atthairu Jega, the INEC Chairman, will have any meaning.
“Our attention has been drawn to information and reports making the rounds that the Democratic People’s Party, DPP, did not make the list of parties that submitted the list of candidates for the 2011 general elections.”
While making clarifications on the party’s efforts at meeting with INEC’s deadline, Olawepoe said: “we wish to state that the DPP indeed submitted its nominations before the close of work at the INEC headquarters on Monday, January 31, 2011, but have been a victim of administrative subterfuge orchestrated by some of its competitors who are scared of DPP’s growing popularity among the electorate.
“The rights to vote and be voted for is so fundamental under our laws that they cannot be administratively ambushed by anyone, no matter how devious, no matter how powerful.”
“Even if any party falls short of the INEC January 31 deadline, the Electoral Act sets 60 days (February 11) for close of nomination of candidates. Therefore, nobody can disenfranchise the DPP under any guise.”
“We therefore urge all our party members and supporters in Kwara State, Delta State and all over the country to disregard the false information and continue to mobilise support for our great party in the forth coming general elections,” he stated.