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Traditional Rulers Should Not Make Themselves Instruments to Political Parties – PDP Warns

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Nasarawa state chapter wishes to call on the attention of the Chairman Traditional Council of Chiefs in Nasarawa state, HRH. Justice Mohammed Sidi Bage (Rtd), to advise some of the traditional rulers who have become instruments of some political parties in intimidating, interfering and threatening candidates who are not their favourites, to desist from being partisan in the ongoing party primaries and the forthcoming local government elections, by upholding their values, sacred heritage, and cultural integrity of the Traditional institution.

In a release signed by the Nasarawa state chairman of the party, Hon. Francis O Orogu, the party further expressed great concern that if this should continue, sooner or later those royal fathers who are openly participating and interfering in inter or intra party politics will not only attract gross disrespect to traditional institution but should equally be prepared to face open criticism and name calling from politicians because that is part of the price of politicking.

On the current happenings towards the forthcoming Local Government Chairmanship and Wards Councillorship Elections in the 13 LGCs and the 147 electoral Wards in the state slated for the 6th of October 2021, in Nasarawa state, PDP called on the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) to drastically review downwards, the amounts for the purchase of nomination forms for chairmanship and councillorship positions.  This is because the common masses most especially the youths and women who are passionate to contest are finding it very difficult to afford such exorbitant sums of five hundred thousand(N500,000.00) and two hundred thousand naira(N200,000.00) respectively to obtain these forms from NASIEC as a mandatory condition to contest in the forthcoming LGC Elections.

The PDP also drew the attention of the Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, to speak to the State Revenue Board to review the high rate of charges slammed on candidates for the Tax Identification Number (TIN).  The charges are unexplainably outrageous and thoughtless, considering the current skyrocketing rate of poverty and joblessness in the State and the country at large.

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