Kogi-based lawyers on the aegis of United Front for Democracy, Monday, have raised the alarm over what they described as a clandestine move by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its governorship candidate, Ajaka, to file petition against the outcome of the November 11, 2023 governorship election through the backdoor and backdate same to circumvent the provisions of the Electoral Act.
The group raised the alarm, following the closure of the window allowed for the filing of electoral petition with all allegations and petitions relating to the petition front-loaded, in line with Section 134 of the Electoral Act.
Addressing newsmen at a press conference held in Lokoja, Monday, the convener of United Front for Democracy, Barr Yetunde Olubunmi Shaibu, said they had credible information that the SDP candidate did not file his petition against the winner of the election, Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC), 22 days after the declaration of results.
She noted that the 21-day window elapsed at the midnight of December 3, 2023, saying, “Section 134 of the Electoral Act is very clear as to when an electoral petition can be filed with all allegations and evidence relating to the petition front-loaded.
“By virtue of Section 134 of the Electoral Act, the SDP has failed to file their petition within the period allowed by law and should therefore be made not to waste the time of the panel.”
The group also alleged that it was credibly briefed that the SDP and its candidate were still preparing their petition with the intention of filing same within the week and having it backdated so as to make it look like it was filed within the legally stipulated duration.