By Abbnanobi-Eku Onyeka
The senatorial candidate of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Arch Bishop Leonard Bature Kawas has promised three senatorial districts to the people of Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), if voted into power in the upcoming general elections. He informed that he was chosen for the FCT senate by a coalition of over 25 political parties known as Coalition for Godly Governance (CGG).
The senatorial candidate spoke with our correspondent in the party office yesterday.
Enumerating his plans for the FCT people, he said he had three bills which will not only be seeking creation of more senatorial districts, but additional area councils in order to bring government closer to the people. He wondered why Abuja with more population should have only three senatorial districts, while states like Bayelsa with less population should have three.
Other plans he had for the FCT which he would actualise through his bills were to ensure that the FCT has a mayor and mayoral council, as well as ensure that demolition of structures in the nation’s capital is stopped. This he said he would do by restructuring the Deve-lopment Controls of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).
Earlier, the party’s national chairman and presidential candidate, Rev Breakforth Onwubuya informed that candidates under the umbrella of Concerned 2019 Election Candidates has yesterday dragged Inde-pendent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to an Abuja High Court, seeking an order of the court to stop the umpire from any move to change the already released 2019 election guidelines as being demanded by some political parties and individuals.
Defending their stand, he said that their action was backed by Section 153 of the Electoral Act, which he said empowered the umpire to issue guidelines and regulations for the conduct of elections.
Calling on all the key stakeholders and Nigerians to support INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu for what they (the candidates) opined as the readiness of the chairman to conduct credible elections, the national chairman therefore said the pressure on INEC to change the guidelines was unconstitutional and would not enjoy the support of the candidates. He said: “We are confident that Prof Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC is ready to conduct credible elections and we call on all key stakeholders and Nigerians to support him.
In order to avoid anarchy in the system, the political party therefore urged INEC not to bow to pressure and move on with its plans.