Adamawa Reschedules LG Election

Ahmed Lawan

The Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) has shifted the state local government election from November 9 to December 7.

The ADSIEC Executive Chairman, Alhaji Isa Shettima, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Yola.

Shettima said the shift became necessary due to some challenges.

“ADSIEC wishes to inform the general public, particularly all political parties participating in the local government election earlier scheduled for November 9 that it has now been rescheduled to take place on December 7, due to logistics and other problems,” he said.

Reacting, the state Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, said the party was not happy with the development but had accepted it in good faith.

“The whole thing looks like the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is jittery, but we will give them the benefit of doubt to make adequate arrangement for the election.

“All we are demanding is level playing field and a free and fair election,” Lawan said.

Also speaking, the state Chairman of Africa Democratic Congress (ADC), Alhaji Yahaya Hammanjulde, said the party was not happy as its members were fully ready for the election.

“We are not happy but as a law abiding party, we have no option but to wait for the rescheduled date. Our hope is that it will be a free and fair election,” Hammanjulde said.

Also speaking, the state Organising Secretary of PDP, Alhaji Hamza Bello, simply said that the party had fully mobilised its members for the flag-off of campaigns but had to put it off due to the change.

“Due to recent development emanating from ADSIEC in which there is an amended timetable in respect of 2019 LG election, the executive committee of PDP has suspended the planned flag-off and campaign tour in respect of the election,” Bello said. (NAN)