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Why we must contest election -YDP



The Young Democratic Party has stated that it would only wave its insistence on contesting the elections, if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) assured that it would not be deregistered after the general elections.

The party said it had no intentions of scuttling the polls, but wanted to contest so that the electoral umpire would not use that excuse to deregister it in future.

It would be recalled that a Federal High Court in Abuja last week ordered INEC to register the party.

One of the lawyers of the party, Mr. Ugo Nwofor, said that “Unless INEC is coming out with a bond that they won’t touch us. We don’t have any plan to scuttle the election. We just want to participate in the election so that we can remain as a political party.

The party also stated that it would this week file a suit against the elections of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, because of its exclusion from participating in governorship polls in the two states.

The YDP explained that at the time the two elections were held, it was already a political party.

The party, which has slated its national convention on March 27, a day to the presidential poll, had insisted that it would contest the general elections.

There have been concerns that the YDP’s insistence on fielding candidates for the elections will scuttle the polls as INEC has already printed ballot paper, which does not contain the new party.

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