The Peoples Democratic Party : source: file copy

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dragged Niger State government to court over the shift in conduct of local council polls.

Government had earlier fixed November 7 for the election, but State Independent Electoral Commission, NSIEC, Tuesday, shifted the date for the polls to January 16, 2016, attributing the change to the inability of the state government to release funds for the prosecution of the election and the use of card readers as exhibits at the various tribunals sitting in the state.

The plaintiff is praying the court to determine if by virtue of Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, local government in the state could be administered by any system of government other than democratically-elected local government councils.

The suit, filed in a Minna High Court on Tuesday, also wanted the court to determine that the provisions of Sections 90 and 92 of Niger State Local Government Law 2001, as amended, were not in conflict and inconsistent with the provisions of Sections 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

PDP also joined the Attorney General of Niger State, NSIEC and Niger State House of Assembly in the suit.

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