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PDP Clinches All Seats in Adamawa Council Poll

04 Dec 2012

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Bamanga Tukur, PDP Chairman

Daji Sani 

Adamawa State Independence Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) Monday declared the comprehensive results of the local government elections held on November 24, 2012 in the state, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clinching all the chairmanship seats of the 21 local government areas of the state.

The party also won 207 councillorship seats from the 226 wards in the state.
Chairman of ADSIEC, Alhaji Ahmed Zalani, who disclosed this to journalists in Yola, said the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) also won 13 councillorship seats, while the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) won six councillorship seats respectively.

While explaining that the delay in announcing the results was as a result of the rescheduled elections in some councils, where elections did not hold, Zalani said the delay necessitated the rescheduling of the polls to December 1.

Zalani revealed that those areas elections were rescheduled was as results of crises in such areas which led to the death of two persons, one of who was a chairman of a political party, adding that two of his ad hoc member of staff were seriously injured and hospitalised.

He called on politicians to shun violence adding that they should bear in mind that in contest a winner and loser must emerge at the end of the contest.

The ADSIEC chairman added that the commission last week announced the results of some chairmanship candidates in the local government areas, where elections were concluded with the winners sworn-in immediately by Governor Murtala Nyako.

The chairman stated that some of the elected chairmanship candidates, whose elections were conducted on December 1 would be sworn in tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the ACN has rejected the outcome of the council polls held in the state.
The party, which spoke through its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yohanna Mathias, described the November 24 council polls as nothing but a farce.

Mathias said no right thinking person would accept what happened during the polls, judging from the shoddy way and manner in which the polls were conducted and the irregularities that allegedly trailed it.

While noting that the election was a great negation of free, fair, transparent and credible election, he said the internal crises between the state and the National Secretariat of the PDP and sequel to the court cases restraining the ADSIEC from conducting election all added to the woeful conduct of the polls.

“There is nowhere in the world that elections are held with old ballot papers,” he said.
He said ACN was not raising issues simply because it wants to raise unnecessary dust, but because as a party, it was worried about the brazen perversion of  democratic tenets adding that there are nowhere in the world that democratic rules flouted with impunity and without positive reaction.

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