By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHA—Disturbed by alleged multiple candidates being fielded by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming general election, the All Progressives Congress in Anambra State yesterday threatened to institute a legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission and the PDP.
Chairman of APC in the state, Mr Emeka Ibe, told Vanguard in an exclusive interview that the party had concluded plans to file its suit on the matter at a Federal High Court next week.
The party’s decision followed last week’s Court of Appeal judgement in Abuja that ordered INEC to publish new names of PDP candidates, aside from the list earlier published.
According to Ibe, the party will be praying the court to restrain the PDP candidates seeking various elective positions whose names are not on INEC list from campaigning.
“ We have written a letter to INEC that it should use administrative means to stop the candidates of the PDP whose names are not on its list from campaigning,” he said.
Besides, he said the party would also ensure the enforcement of Anambra State law passed by the state House of Assembly, which stipulates that persons whose names did not appear in INEC list for an election should not campaign for same election.
“ Very soon, we ensure the arrest and prosecution of those who would default. And we are educating our members and the electorate not to vote for the PDP because they could be voting for another candidate that would not be their choice of representative,” he said.
He reasoned that the implication of multiple candidates, if allowed by INEC, amounted to encouraging illegality.
On the postponement of the general election to from February 14 to March 28, Ibe described it as a set back for democracy, noting that APC was not comfortable with the postponement by INEC.
He said APC and, indeed, the electorate would have been comfortable with the postponement if INEC had told the country that the commission was not prepared for the election, accusing PDP of masterminding the postponement