By Yelmi Luka, Bauchi
About 22 political parties have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) of planning to exclude them from the forth coming October local government elections.
The leader of the delegation, Ahmed Tijjani Aminu who addressed a press conference at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat Bauchi on Sunday said that the move will also deny them the opportunity to participate in the bye-election for member, Dass constituency in the Bauchi state assembly.
Aminu who is also the Bauchi State Chairman of Young Democratic Party (YDP) decried that despite frantic efforts made to ensure that the names and logos of their various political parties are captured in the ballot papers meant for the LG election, nothing has been done about it.
The leader of the 22 political parties said, after the receipt of the order of the court of appeal that gave them victory, the Chairmen of the Bauchi State chapters of the various political parties approached BASIEC and submitted the court order for its attention.
According to them, they also expressed their interest to participate in the forthcoming local council elections and the bye-election for Dass house of assembly seat.
Aminu who said that they were directed by BASIEC to furnish INEC and other channels with their request, which they complied, expressed dismay that neither INEC nor BASIEC has given them any feedback ahead of the October 17th LG elections in the state.
The aggrieved parties warned that as time is fast running out on the electoral umpires to do the needful, refusal to include the names and logos of the aggrieved parties will force them to seek redress in court.
According to Aminu, if that is done, it may also lead to nullification of the entire process of the election.
The commended the National leadership of the aggrieved 22 political parties for demanding that justice is served on anyone one, adding that the move will inspire them to do more to strengthen democracy in Nigeria.
The 22 political parties while applauding the appeal court judges led by their president noted that the judgement that rekindled the hope of their parties has shown that judiciary is indeed the last hope of a common man.