The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has refused to sign the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) peace accord on the Kogi State November 16 governorship election, the spokesperson of the commission, Rotimi Oyekanmi, told journalists on Tuesday.
According to reports, the development emerged after the campaign team of the party’s governorship candidate, Natasha Akpoti, was allegedly attacked by some individuals at the venue of the consultative meeting with political stakeholders organised by INEC in Lokoja, the state capital.
Ms Natasha, who was recently cleared by the Federal High Court in Abuja last week Thursday to contest for the elections, was also said to have been refused entry into the venue after she arrived late.
She was, therefore, forced to leave with her team after attempts to get her into the venue were unsuccessful.
PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, reported how suspected thugs set fire to the secretariat of the SDP in Lokoja.
Mr Oyekanmi in his reaction, however, frowned at the governorship candidate not being allowed into the event.
”We are inside the hall and wouldn’t know what is going on outside. One thing is sure: she did not arrive in good time as at the time the event started. But that is not enough reason for anybody to prevent her from coming inside.
”She has a right to take her place inside the hall. We had heard that she was outside and efforts are currently being made to bring her inside the hall. We need her to sign the Peace Accord, the process of which is currently on.”
He also said the SDP representative on the ground, whose name could not be identified, refused to endorse the peace accord after the incident.
“We asked the Legal Officer of our Kogi State Office to go outside the hall and look for Natasha Akpoti, but he came back and reported that he searched the entire premises but could neither locate her nor her entourage,” he said.
“Now, the representative of the SDP inside the hall was asked to endorse the Peace Accord, but he refused,” he said.