- PDP files legal action to determine the legality of foreigners participating in the Nigerian general elections
- The opposition party joins INEC, APC, the Nigerian Immigration Service and the minister of Interior as defendants in the suit
- The PDP wants the court to determine whether it is contrary to Nigerian law and public policy for foreigners to participate in the campaign rally of a Nigerian political party
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has instituted a legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the alleged participation of foreigners in Nigerian elections.
The legal action is sequel to the participation of governors from Niger Republic at a rally of the APC in Kano state recently.
Also joined in the suit as first and third defendants are the Nigerian Immigration Service and the minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, Channels TV reports.
The party is asking the court to determine whether foreigners can participate either directly or indirectly in the general elections in Nigeria with regards to the provision of section 12 of the electoral Act 2010 and paragraph 2 of the 2019 INEC regulations and guidelines.
The PDP wants the court to determine whether it is contrary to Nigerian law and public policy for foreigners to participate in the campaign rally of a Nigerian political party.
The opposition party is requesting for the court to declare that foreigners cannot participate either directly or indirectly in the general elections of Nigeria with regard to the provision of section 12 of the electoral act 2010.
The PDP also wants the court to issue an order directing the Nigerian Immigration Service and the minister of interior to ensure that foreigners do not participate in the 2019 general elections.
The party is also seeking an order restraining APC from inviting or in any way involving foreigners in its rallies and campaigns.
Meanwhile, the director of the presidential campaign council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, has said there is no law broken with the presence of two governors from neighbouring country, Niger Republic, at the Presidential camapaign rally of the APC in Kano state.
The Guardian reported that Ribadu said the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol allows free movement of persons within the ECOWAS sub-region.
Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said he is aware that the governors and foreigners are not allow to vote but as West Africans, nothing stops them from supporting a president they feel has done well for his people.
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