December 2007 LG Polls COMPENDIUM Protests persist in Oyo, Edo, Enugu, others

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DECEMBER 2007:  THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMPENDIUM

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 LG poll: Protests persist in Oyo, Edo, Enugu, others

By Our correspondents

Published: Monday, 17 Dec 2007

Protests have continued to trail Saturday’s local government elections in six states with opposition political parties calling for their cancellation.

The states are Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Ondo, Enugu, and Osun.

In the states, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party recorded landslide victory.

In Oyo State, more than 134 persons have so far been arrested for alleged electoral offences.

The suspects, according to the state Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Miss Olabisi Okuwobi, will be arraigned on Monday (today).

Opposition parties in the state such as the Action Congress and the All Nigeria Peoples Party rejected the results. They described the exercise as a farce.

They also claimed that the results were determined long before Saturday.

A former governor of the state, Alhaji Lam Adesina, described the elections was a sham.

Adesina, who is a leader of the AC in the state said, “No election took place. I reject the election and I’m calling for its outright cancellation in the interest of peace and justice.

“There is no way they can sustain the outcome of that election. We will resist it by every legal means possible.”

But results released by the Chairman of the OYSIEC, Mr. Olaleye Olasunkanmi, showed that PDP won the chairmanship election in the 33 local government areas in the state.

Of the 361 councillorship results declared, the PDP conceded only two – Ward 1, Egbeda LG and Ward 5, Ibarapa Central LG – to the AC.

Olasunkanmi said by-election would be conducted in four wards in Saki East where the election was inconclusive.

In Ogun State, the Chairman of the ANPP, Chief Bashiru Fadairo, argued that the state government only wasted tax payers’ money to organise the poll.

Similarly, a chieftain of the Democratic Peoples Alliance, Alhaji Adegbenga Kaka, described the elections as a charade.

He said, “It was sham, a mockery and worse than the last April elections.”

The results of the election released by the chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Chief Adetunji Fadayiro (SAN), showed that the PDP won all the chairmanship seats in the 20 LGAs in the state.

He said the party also won all the 236 councillorship seats in the councils.

In Ondo State, most opposition political parties boycotted the poll.

The State Independent Electoral Commission cancelled the results of two out of the 203 wards where elections were held in the state.

The Chairman, ODIEC, Mr. Jones Ogunmusire, attributed the cancellation to some electoral malpractices noticed in some polling centres.

The affected wards are in Akure North and Odigbo Local Government Areas.

But the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, lauded the people of the state for boycotting the poll.

He said the people’s decision showed that they had respect for rule of law.

In Osun State, the results of the election showed the PDP coasting to victory in all the 30 LGAs in the state.

But the result presented by the Chairman, OSSIEC, Justice Adedotun Sijuwade, did not give a breakdown of the councillorship results.

The OSSIEC, however, recorded scores for some of the parties that boycotted the election.

The AC Director of Media, Mr. Gbenga Fayemiwo, said in a statement on Sunday that the scores recorded for AC candidates represented “a desperate move to legitimise the electoral fraud by inputting that the opposition participated in the election.

“AC governorship candidate, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, thanks the people of Osun State for boycotting the council election as directed. The people of the state shall soon have cause to smile,” the statement said.

The AC, therefore, called for the cancellation of the election. It alleged large scale fraud in all the councils.

The Chairman of collaborating opposition parties, Alhaji Sule Alao, who also doubles as the state chairman of the ANPP, insisted that the opposition did not participate in the election.

The AC governorship candidate in Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, also faulted the poll in the state.

Oshiomhole said where the election was not fraudulently conducted, the people were intimidated under the watchful eyes of the police.

The chairman of the party in the state, Chief Tony Omoaghe, told one of our correspondents on Sunday in Benin that the “charade” was a rip-off of taxpayers whose money was used to conduct the election.

Omoaghe said, ”The election should be thrown away and we should set about doing the right things that will lead to a credible election early next year.”

He accused the EDSIEC of conniving with the PDP to rig the election.

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party in the state, Mr. Solomon Edebiri, described the exercise as a sham.

He said the election did not take place in his local government, Uhunmwode.

Edebiri said, “I was at Ward 8 (Isi South) with my people to exercise our franchise but there was no voting there. We were there from about 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. There was no voting materials and no election materials around.

“I expected that Osunbor’s administration would conduct a credible election in an attempt to erase the questionable election that brought the present government to power. But what happened was an eyesore,” he said.

Truck loads of Soldiers and policemen were,however, stationed at strategic places at the headquarters of the commission on Sunday.

The commission however rescheduled the election in Igueben Local Government Area because the poll did not hold there on Saturday.

The State Governor, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, however, commended the election as peaceful.

Osunbor thanked the people of the state for conducting themselves in orderly manner.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Calus Enoma, at a news briefing on Sunday, blamed the violence on the opposition.

As at 8pm on Sunday, the PDP had won 15 chairmanship seats in the state. The results in two LGAs – Owan East and Oredo – were, however, cancelled by the electoral commission.

In Enugu State, the PDP also won the chairmanship and councillorship offices in the 17 LGAs in the state.

The Chairman of the state Independent Electoral Commission, Mr. Ezeudo Nwobodo, said on Sunday that the PDP won 15 chairmanship positions while the All Nigeria Peoples Party won one.

The PDP also won 245 councillorship seats, the ANPP, nine; and Citizens Peoples Party, one.

Violence was reported in Igbo-Eze South LGA.

 

VANGUARD

 PDP sweeps LG polls      

Written by Kolade Larewaju, Simon Ebegbulem, Tony Edike, Ola Ajayi & Dayo Johnson  

Sunday, 16 December 2007

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won all but one of the 103 council chairmanship seats declared in last weekend’s elections in Oyo, Ogun, Edo, Ondo and Enugu states. The story was the same in the councilorship election results

But opposition parties in the affected states are crying foul. The PDP won all the 33 chairmanship seats in Oyo, 15 of the 16 so far declared in Enugu, (one is outstanding), all the 20 in Ogun and all the 18 in Ondo and all the 16 declared in Edo. There will be bye-elections in the remaining two — Oredo and Etsako.

In Oyo, PDP wins all chairmanship seats

Announcing the results of the Oyo council election results yesterday in Ibadan, the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Mr. Olaleye Olasunkanmi said the PDP also won 345 councillorship seats.

Thirteen registered political parties fielded candidates for the chairmanship and councillorship elections.

According to Olasunkanmi, AC won in ward 1 of Egbeda Local Government Area and ward 5 of Ibarapa Central Local Government Area.

Elections were, however, inconclusive in four wards in Saki East council area owing to political violence.
He said bye-elections would be conducted by the commission at a later date in wards 8, 9, 10 and 11 in Saki Local Government Area.

Elections were marred by voters’ apathy and pockets of violence, leading to the arrest of 96 persons by the police for alleged electoral offences.

However, Olasunkanmi, while announcing the results, described the elections as the “freest and fairest’’ in the history of such elections in the state.

PDP wins 15 LG chairmanship seats in Enugu
 
Chief Abel Nwobodo, Chairman of Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) said of the 17 local government areas in the state, PDP won 15, while the ANPP won in Udenu Local Government.

The result for Igboeze North Local Government was being expected at press time.

He also said of the 260 councillorship seats, PDP won 245, ANPP nine, and the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP) captured one, while five councillorship results were being expected.

The ENSIEC Chairman said only six of the 50 registered political parties in the country, participated in the election.

Clean sweep in Ogun

The PDP also won all the 20 chairmanship seats in Ogun Local Government Areas and the 236 Councillorship seats.
Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), Chief Adetunji Fadayiro (SAN) commended all players including security agents for their support during the polls which he said was most peaceful.

Director of Information of OGSIEC, Mr. Abiodun Awere said details of the election would be announced at a press conference later today by the electoral commission. The results of the elections in edo were released late last night with the PDP winning all the 16 chairmanship seats.

Opposition say election a farce

But opposition parties described the election as a farce citing the fact that only members of the ruling PDP participated in the election and the terrible poor turn out as evidence of their claim.

Chairman of the Action Congress (AC), Alhaji Tajudeen Bello, in an interview said “what happened was a farce. There was no election. Did you see voters? Were there even electoral officers at most polling booths? You know there was no election.

“They are just allocating figures and the result of such election should be rejected by all”.

Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Chief Bashiru Fadairo also spoke in the same vein saying opposition parties were not involved in the elections adding that the Ogun State Government only wasted tax payers’ money.

Former Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Adegbenga Kaka who was the gubernatorial candidate of the Democratic Peoples Alliance in the last gubernatorial elections dismissed the election as a “charade, sham, mockery and worse than the last April election”.

A woman, Mrs. Yejide Ogundipe was one of the 18 council chairmen elected in Ondo State. She will preside over the affairs of Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government Area.

Mrs Ogundipe, is the daughter of the late D O Fagunwa, the famous Yoruba author.
Announcing the results in Akure, Chairman of the state Independent Electoral Commission ODIEC Mr. Jones Ogunmusere said the results of the councillorship seats would be announced later.

Ogunmusere said results in some wards in two council areas in the state were cancelled following irregularities including snatching of ballot boxes by factions of the ruling PDP in the two councils.

According to him, of the four ballot boxes snatched, only one had been recovered while others were still missing.
Seven political parties participated in the polls while the main opposition party, the Labour Party boycotted the polls. Those that participated were the PDP, AC, AD, PPA, Accord, ANPP and DPA

The two councils where the election would be re- run are Akure North and Odigbo.

GUARDIAN

Protests as PDP sweeps council polls

By Bayo Ohu (Lagos), Lawrence Njoku (Enugu), Charles Coffie Gyamfi (Abeokuta), Niyi Bello, Julius Alabi (Akure), Abiodun Fanoro (Lagos),
Tunji Omofoye (Oshogbo) and Kelechi Okoronkwo (Abuja)

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continued with its winning streak as some state electoral bodies released the results of last Saturday local council polls.

In Osun State, the party won all the seats in the 30 local councils. It repeated the same feat in Ogun State where it clinched all the chairmanship and 236 councillorship positions in the 20 local councils.

The situation was the same in Ondo and Enugu states. For the first time in Ondo’s political history, the PDP won all the 18 chairmanship and 201 councillorship offices. It also won 15 of the 16 chairmanship slots in Enugu State.

The Action Congress (AC) and the Labour Party (LP), which have rejected the results, described the exercise as fraud on Nigerians.

. Already, the LP in Ondo State has declared its intention to contest the outcome of the elections.

The National Secretariat of the AC, which decried the violence that trailed the election, said it was a ploy by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to plunge Nigerians into chaos.

On his part, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, called for the cancellation of the election.

Atiku through his media aide, Garba Shehu, said that there was no council election in the country.

He said: “The elections should be cancelled. That’s Atiku’s stand. There cannot be a credible election in the country when the electoral body has not been properly organised to meet the demands of democracy.”

The chairman of the Enugu State Independent National Electoral Commission (ENSIEC), Mr. Abel Nwobodo, who announced the results yesterday afternoon, said that of the 17 local councils of the state, the PDP won in 15, while the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) won in the Udenu Local Council.

He added that the result for Igboeze North Local Council was still being expected as at the time of filing this report.

But in a sharp contrast, the Labour Party, which is one of the opposition parties that participated in the election, disputed the outcome of the exercise and called for the cancellation of results in six councils.

It listed the councils as: Igboeze South, Nsukka, Enugu South, Enugu North, Enugu East and Igboetiti, where according to the party, elections did not take place due to the late arrival of materials and the absence of results sheets.

Nwobodo, who hailed the “peaceful conduct of the exercise, said that of the 260 councillorship seats, the PDP won 245 seats, ANPP won in nine, while the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP) got one.

He added that five councillorship seats’ results were still being awaited, expressing the hope that, the results would be accepted by all the parties involved in the exercise.

The LP through its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Vincent Obeta, alleged that, a bus load of thugs led by a House of Representatives member snatched the electoral materials meant for Igboese South Local Council.

The Chairman of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), Chief Tunji Fadairo (SAN), who announced the results yesterday in Abeokuta, praised the parties’ peaceful manner the supporters comported themselves during and after the election.

Nine of the 19 registered political parties boycotted the election. This led to a poor turn out.

The opposition parties described the election as a charade, stating that the results couldn’t have been different “since only PDP members participated in the election.”

The state Chairman of the AC, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello told reporters that “what happened was a farce, there was no election. Did you see voters? Were there even Electoral officers at most of the polling booths?”

The ANPP Chairman, Chief Bashiru Fadayiro, said since the opposition parties were not involved, money spent to organize the election was a waste of the tax payers’ money.

For Alhaji Adegbenga Kaka, former deputy governor of the state, who was also a governorship candidate in the last April election, the election was very peaceful throughout the state. The Director of Information of OGSIEC, Mr. Abiodun Awere, said that the commission would address a press Conference today to release the detailed result.

AC National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed told The Guardian yesterday in Abuja that the loss of lives recorded during the polls could have been averted had INEC listened to the party.

Mohammed said that INEC could not expect peaceful elections when its “dependence and corrupt” composition had not been rectified. He insisted that there was no council election anywhere in the country.

Mohammed also said that INEC’s voters’ register was not comprehensive and that the schedule for the council election was untimely.

In Oyo State, about five persons were reportedly shot at Igboora, headquarters of Ibarapa Central Local Council by thugs loyal to PDP.

Edo State reportedly witnessed arson, violence, sporadic shootings with the secretariats of the state electoral commission in Abudu Okada, Afuze, Iguobazuwa, Igueben razed down by frustrated voters. There was also sporadic shooting in Jathau in Etsako West Local Council.

Mohammed said: “We sympathise with the families and friends of the INEC’s victims and we still state unequivocally that Nigeria has not conducted local council elections anywhere.”

The election was also boycotted by the opposition parties in Ondo State.

An Akure High Court had restrained the state electoral body from conducting the polls pending the determination of a suit brought before it by the 10-member opposition lawmakers in the State House of Assembly.

The election however went as scheduled but with mass boycott by residents of the state who, did not show up at polling units.

Consequently, the PDP chairmanship candidates in six councils of Ondo East and West, Akure North, Irele and Ose were returned unopposed. In a curious twist; their challengers were scored zero votes.

In Akoko South East and Ese-Odo, the closest rivals to the PDP scored less than one hundred votes in an exercise where the least recorded for the ruling party was 13,378.

Chairman of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), Jones Ogunmusire, who announced the results in his office yesterday, said that the exercise was very successful.

He, however, announced the cancellation of the exercise in two wards in Odigbo and Akure North for what he referred to as intra-party squabbles within the PDP over the choice of candidates.

The LP governorship candidate in the last election, Dr Olusegun Mimiko commended the people of the state for boycotting the election.

He said by their action, the people had shown that they had respect for the rule of law.

Mimiko who spoke through his Media Assistant, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, stated that by boycotting the election because of a court order, their apathy was a silent protest against daylight robbery by the Olusegun Agagu administration.

His words: “I want to salute the people of Ondo State for their steadfastness and their resilience in the last six months following the daylight robbery in which the mandate given to us was stolen in daylight.

“Today, you all stayed at home and shunned this illegal and futile exercise being carried out by Agagu and his co-travellers. All other political parties in the state called for a boycott of this charade due to a subsisting court order restraining ODIEC, its privies and agents from going ahead with the local government poll.

“But because Agagu knows that he would not be able to win a single vote in a free and fair election, he decided to go ahead and put in place this kangaroo election,” Olabisi said.

The state LP chairman, Dr. Olaiya Oni told The Guardian yesterday, that the party had asked its lawyer to file a suit against the election.

In a reaction, the state Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Mobilisation, Eddy Olafeso denied that the election was conducted in defiance of court order. Olafeso stated that there was no court order stopping the election.

He explained that the only court decision in respect of the election was against some members of the state electoral commission, who according to him had resigned and were replaced by new ones.

In Oyo State, opinions remained divided yesterday on the conduct of the elections, which was marred by violence, boycott and malpractices.

While Governor Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala hailed the peaceful conduct of the election which he described as hitch-free, former deputy governor of the state, Chief Iyiola Oladokun, citing the malpractices in Iseyin Local Council, declared that the exercise was not free and fair.

Alao-Akala, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Public Communications, Dotun Oyelade praised the people for their orderly conduct, saying that the all-inclusive procedure adopted by the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) for its preparation was largely responsible for the credible outcome of the polling.

He said: “The local council polls that took place on Saturday is the most credible in Oyo State so far because OYSIEC actively engaged all stakeholders including political party representatives in all the plans leading to the election.

“Apart from the enthusiastic involvement of the masses of the people, I will also praise the total commitment and diligence of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies who ensure that the election was peaceful even at their own personal inconveniencies.”

He said: “Besides, the returning officer for Ado-Awaye and its environs refused to collate and announce the result on the spot, but decided to move the collation to Iseyin where he and the leaders of the PDP worked in tandem to manipulate the results in favour of the ruling party.”

The two main opposition parties, the AC and the ANPP had on Friday announced their decision to boycot the election, adducing insecurity and failure by the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) to give parties adequate notice before the election as the reasons for their action.

However in the results released by OSSIEC yesterday, votes were recorded for the AC in all the 30 councils while the ANPP also had some votes in three council.

The AC, in a swift reaction, denied participation in the election, saying votes recorded for the party remained in the imagination of the organisers.

The election was however very peaceful.

The chairman of OSSIEC, Justice Adedotun Sijuwade who announced the results lauded the stakeholders and the public for allowing the polls to hold in “an atmosphere devoid of violence.”

 

CHAMPION

LG poll: Soldiers take over Benin •PDP sweeps Enugu, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo

NCENT ADEKOYE, Benin, KOLA ADEPOJU, Abeokuta and DELE OGUNYEMI, Ibadan

SOLDIERS were yesterday deployed to Benin and major towns of Edo state as tension continues to mount in the state over last weekend’s local government elections. At least five officials of the State Independent Electoral Commission were feared killed. The anxiety in the state is coming as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recorded 100 per cent victory in the council poll in Enugu, Osun, Oyo and Ogun and Ondo states.

Yesterday, major business outfits including petrol stations, eatery joints were closed down while soldiers manned strategic locations.

It would be recalled that confusion had reigned supreme last Saturday in Edo state following the local government elections that was sharply criticised by cross section of the people of the state. During the election, no fewer than six administrative headquarters of local government in the state were razed down by party thugs while five electoral officers were burnt to death by unknown gunmen. Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who reacted to the situation said the election was nothing but another demonstration of corruption by the ruling party in the state and called for its outright cancellation.

However, in his defence, state commissioner for information and orientation, Calus Enoma, said the election was free and fair and called on any aggrieved member of the public wishing to contest the outcome of the election to go to the local government election petition tribunal rather than taking law into their hands by destroying government property. Unlike the previous election, despite the fact that the last Saturday election recorded low turnout residents of the state capital have continued to live in palpable fear.

Even the presence of heavily armed military men in the town of Benin could not deter the youths who openly challenged the security men in their duty posts. Areas protected by the extra security forces included the government House, the premises of the state House of Assembly and the legislative quarters along the Ihama road, the Central bank, the office of Power Holding Company of Nigeria and other vital locations.

In addition, anti riot armour tank of the Edo state police Command were seen moving round the city while the State Security Service (SSS) also deployed its plain clothes men on the street to nose for any vital information. Some of the filing stations in the City did no to pen for business. Speaking with Daily Champion, spokesman of the Edo state police command, Mr. Peter Ogboi, confirmed that a total of 82 persons have been arrested in connection with one form of electoral offence of the other. Mr. Ogboi added that large number of arms which included sophisticated weapons were recovered from the arrested persons and called on the people of the state to maintain peace. He said nobody was killed during the election. As at the time of filing this report, the state electoral body was yet to announce any result.

Meanwhile, results of the council poll in five states showed that PDP cleared all the chairmanship seats.

In Oyo, the party 33 local government areas of the state were cleared by the party.

But the Action Congress (AC) won only two Councillorship seats in Ward One and Five of Egbeda and Ibarapa Central Local Governments respectively. The PDP won every others.

The chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Barrister Olaleye Olasunkanmi, who announced the results of the polls at the Commission’s office in Ibadan, however, remarked that the election was inconclusive in Ward Four of Saki East local government, where a bye-election was expected to be conducted in due course.

The result of the council poll was a sharp contrast to the original expectation of the opposition parties to win in at least 15 council areas of the state.

The OYSIEC chairman explained that the recruitment of 33 new electoral officers for the various local governments in the State few hours to the polls was informed by the commission’s quest to ensure that the officers were not influenced since they have no relationship with competitors.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, has praised the people of the state for their orderly conduct during the Council polls saying that “the all-inclusive procedure adopted by OYSIEC preparatory to the election was largely responsible for the peaceful and credible nature of the election.”

PDP was declared winner in all the 30 council areas of the state.

Announcing the official results in Osogbo, chairman Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC), Justice Adedotun Sijuwade (rtd), declared that the PDP won in all the 30 council areas in the state.

The election was boycotted by the Action Congress (AC), All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the National Conscience Party (NCP).

However, despite the boycott, the AC candidate for Osogbo local government, Isiaka Aderibigbe recorded 14,525 votes while Teslim Igbalaye of PDP recorded 38,480 votes to emerge winner. Progressive Action Congress (PAC) candidate, Atilola Abolubode polled 211votes.

Also ANPP candidate for Ife North, Gbenga Salako polled 1291votes against that of Caleb Akinola of the PDP who scored 17,439votes.

Justice Sijuwade, who maintained that the election was credible, transparent, free and fair urged loses to be magnanimous in defeat because there will always be another day of contest.

According to him, “with this acceptable and peaceful results, we need to congratulate ourselves, the stakeholders, the political parties, the candidates, the electorate and the electoral commission for being able to achieve this unusual feat.”

He added that, “in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser. While the winner must necessarily rejoice, the loser should be magnanimous in defeat because there will always be another day of contest”

The OSSIEC chairman declared that, “whoever is aggrieved with the result of the election announced should desist from taking the law into his or her hands. There is provision in our Osun state Electoral Commission Law of 2002 for such people to lodge an appeal to the Election Tribunal within 14 days of the said announcement”

Meanwhile, Director of Media to AC governorship candidate in the last election, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, Gbenga Fayemiwo has in a statement described the boycott of the LG election by the opposition parties as a confirmation that the ruling PDP has lost its popularity in the state.

He described the election as “a selection that cannot enjoy legitimacy. PDP has lost its popularity and is holding power by force. Osun People have voted ‘no’ to PDP.”

Similarly, PDP won 15 out of the 16 chairmanship results declared in the local government elections in Enugu.

Chief Abel Nwobodo, the chairman, Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) announced the results yesterday in Enugu.

He said that out of the 17 local government areas in the state, PDP won 15, while the ANPP won the Udenu local government.

The result for Igboeze North LGC is being expected at the time of this report.

He also said that out of the 260 councillorship seats, PDP won 245, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) nine, and the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP) captured one, while five councillorship results were being expected.

The ENSIEC Chairman said that out of the 50 registered political parties in the country, only six participated in the election.

He called on the parties that participated to take their results in good faith and in the spirit of sportsmanship.

He thanked the Enugu government for providing the ad hoc staff and funds for the election, adding that certificates of return would be issued to successful candidates today.

Speaking, the chairman, Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions in Nigeria (FOSIECON), who is also the chairman, Abia State Electoral Commission(ASEC), Prof Ndu Emejuiwe, who led the monitoring team, described the election as free and fair.

In Ogun state, PDP was declared winner of all the seats in the poll.

PDP apparently contested against itself as the remaining eight rival parties at the polls were said to have been sponsored by the ruling party to cover up for the boycott of the polls by a coalition of ANPP, AC, AD and other strong parties in the state.

PDP according to the election results announced by the chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), Chief Adetunji Fadayiro and broadcast live on the state electronic media won in all the 20 local government areas of the state and 236 wards.

The Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) which came a very far distant second did not win election in any of the 236 wards.

It, however, made strong showings at Odogbolu and Ijebu north local government area.

But the impact could not secured DPA a single ward in all the 236 wards.

Not happy with the ruling, the coalition of progressive parties speaking through the state Chairman of AC, Alhaji Ola-Bello said it would appealed against the judgment, insisting also to boycott the polls.

The effect of the boycott was evident weekend as many people of the state shunned it while electoral offices did not arrive on time at the polling centres.

Besides, the poll was more of “PDP versus PDP” as only PDP agents were present at the polling centres while agents of other parties were conspicuously absent.

In Ondo state, PDP also recorded a landslide victory in last Saturday’s council election in the state.

The party cleared all the 18 chairmanship seats in the state as announced in Akure today by the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC).

Mrs Yejide Ogundipe made history as the first female council chairman-elect since the creation of Ondo state in 1976.

Yejide, daughter of the legendary writer, late D.O Fagunwa, polled 40,182 votes to beat two other contestants for the Ile Oluji/Okeigbo chairmanship seat.

Six local government chairmen emerged unopposed in the election that was boycotted by opposition parties in the state.

Those elected unopposed included Mr. Charles Adeduro (Ondo East), Mr. Sekoni Pius (Ondo West) and Mr Adelegbe (Ose).

Others were Mr Alabi Omotayo, (Akure North), Mr Ogunmilade, (Akoko North West) and Chief Akintoye Albert (Irele).

The Chairman of Akure South, Mr. Isaac Omolafe was one of the former five council chairmen who retained their seats.

The ODIEC chairman, Mr Jones Ogunmusere told newsmen that the election was free, fair, peaceful and without violence.

He announced the cancellation of results in ward III in Akure North Local Government

Area, citing the snatching of three ballot boxes by unidentified political thugs.

Ogunmusere said that the election in some wards in Odigbo was also cancelled due to alleged manipulation.

He described the election as a huge success and commended the electorate for exercising their franchise.

Ogunmusere said: “Last Saturday’s election has proved that we can conduct an election that will be free and fair.

“It is a testimony that Nigeria will surely be there one day.”

Meanwhile, the Action Congress (AC) in the state has faulted that election, saying it was illegal and unconstitutional.

A party chieftain, Mr Seye Afe scolded ODIEC for allowing the Adegoroye-led faction to participate in the council polls after receiving a letter from the AC national executive to disregard the group.

He said the commission had no moral justification to allow anybody to field candidates under the party’s flag since the group had been expelled.

Afe, who was a former AC governorship aspirant, condemned the electoral body for disregarding the letter sent by the party’s leadership.

He said the action had further proved that the Adegoroye faction was being sponsored by Gov. Olusegun Agagu to destabilise AC in the state.

He said that the decision of ODIEC to recognise Adegoroye’s faction was a calculated attempt to further worsen the crisis in AC.

Afe commended the people of the state for boycotting the election conducted by ODIEC.

An Akure High Court had restrained the commission from conducting or organising any election in the state.

 

NATIONAL MIRROR

LG Polls: PDP Wins In  Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Enugu
 

From AYODEJI MORADEYO, Akure,MUTIU GANIYU, Osogbo, AKEEM OGUNTAYO Benin, Ondo State

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the 18 chairmanship seats in the local government elections that were conducted on Saturday by the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC).

Barrister Yejide Ogundipe made history as the first female council chairman elect since the creation of Ondo state in 1976. Yejide the daughter of the legendary, writer, late D.O Fagunwa polled 40, 1 82 votes to beat two other contestants for the Ile Oluji/Okeigbo chairmanship seat.

Also, six local government chairmen emerged victorious in the election that was boycotted by major opposition parties.

The chairmen that were elected unopposed are: Hon Charles Adeduro (Ondo East), Mr. Sekoni Pius (Ondo West), Mr. Adelegbe (Ose),  Mr.Alabi Omotayo, (Akure North), Hon Ogunmilade, (Akoko North West) and Chief Akintoye Albert (Irele).

The Chairman of Akure South, Mr. Isaac Omolafe was among the former five council chairmen that retained their seats.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the council election at its Oba-Ile headquarters, ODIEC chairman, Mr. Jones Ogunmusere said the election was not totally free of irregularities.

He announced the cancellation of results in ward III in Akure North Local government area due to snatching of 3 ballot boxes by unknown political thugs.

Similarly election was canceled in some wards in Odigbo for alleged massive manipulation.

Ogunmusere who described the election as huge success, commended the electorate for coming out to exercise their franchise.
According to him, “Last Saturday’s election has proved that we can conduct an election that will be free and fair. It is a testimony that Nigeria will surely be there one day.”

Oyo State

The PDP on Saturday confirmed its leadership status in Oyo State, as the party won all the 33 council chairmanship seats in the state.

The party also won in 345 wards out of the 351 wards in the state, while the Action Congress (AC) won two councillorship positions.

Announcing the results Sunday in Ibadan, the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Mr. Olaleye Olasunkanmi, said the party had confirmed its supremacy in the state.

Thirteen registered political parties fielded candidates into both the chairmanship and councillorship positions in the election that took place in 33 council areas and 351 wards.

According to Olasunkanmi, AC won in ward 1 of Egbeda Local Government Area and ward 5 of Ibarapa Central Local Government Area.

Elections were, however, inconclusive in four wards in Saki East council area due to political violence.

He said that bye-elections would be conducted by the commission at a later date in wards 8, 9, 10 and 11 in Saki local government area.

Elections were marred by voters’ apathy and pockets of violence, leading to the arrest of 96 persons by the police for alleged electoral offences.

However, Olasunkanmi, while announcing the results, described the elections as the “freest and fairest” in the history of such elections in the state.

“Reports collated on the Saturday’s council elections conducted by OYSIEC indicated that it was the freest and fairest in the history of local government elections conducted in the state”, he added.

Enugu State

The ruling PDP has won 15 out of the 16 chairmanship seats in the local government elections held on Saturday in Enugu State. 

Chief Abel Nwobodo, the Chairman, Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) announced the results Sunday in Enugu.

He said that out of the 17 local government areas in the state, PDP won 15, while the ANPP won the Udenu local government.

The result for Igboeze North LGC was being expected at the time of this report.

He also said that out of the 260 councillorship seats, PDP won 245, ANPP nine, and the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP) captured one, while five councillorship results were being expected.

The ENSIEC Chairman said that out of the 50 registered political parties in the country, only six participated in the election.

He called on the parties that participated to take their results in good faith and in the spirit of sportsmanship.

He thanked the Enugu government for providing the ad hoc staff and funds for the election, adding that certificates of return would be issued to successful candidates on Monday.

Speaking, the Chairman, Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissioners in Nigeria (FOSIECON), who is also the Chairman, Abia State Electoral Commission, Prof Ndu Emejuiwe, who led the monitoring team, described the election as free and fair.

Osun

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has won all the 30 Chairmanship and 332 councillorship  seats in the Local Government elections held at the weekend.

But the Action Congress (AC) has protested “allocation of votes” to the party in the election, alleging that the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) did so to confer credibility on the election.

The results of the elections which was boycotted by the major opposition parties led by the AC was announced on Sunday by the chairman, Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC),Retired Justice Adedotun Sijuwade.

Sijuwade, a former Chief Judge of the state, however, advised whoever was aggrieved to go to tribunal to file appeal within 14 days of announcement of the result and not to take the law into their hands.

He thanked the people of the state for allowing the commission to record a violence -free and fair election, describing the results as “acceptable and peaceful.”

Meanwhile, AC has cried out that the votes recorded for the party in the result sheets were “to give credibility to the PDP sham as our members totally complied with our directive to boycott the election.”

According to the chairmanship results announced by the OSSIEC Chairman, in Osogbo local government ,PDP polled 38,480,AC(14,525)and PAC (211); Oriade (AC-1,244;PDP-44,782), Odo-Otin (AC-310;33,280),Ife Central(AC-718;PDP-36,980), Ede North(AC-nil;ANPP-3,306;PDP-25,050); Ilesa West(AC-476;AD 80;PDP-19423).AC and ANPP boycotted the election.

According to the Ac Director of Planning and Strategy, Sunday Akere ,PDP ordered its members to thumbprint for AC and other parties to make the election credible and participatory.

He said: “People have seen through their antics. Our people stayed away from the voting centres. We used yesterday to pray to God to liberate Osun State and spare our lives. We are glad that we boycotted the sham. Thank God that we did so or else many would have been killed, maimed and property destroyed. We would have won majority of seats if we participated but the cost would have been to much.”

But The Secretary to the state Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade while commenting on the boycott of the AC said “AC is just one of the parties participating in the election, and up till Friday AC was in the race.”

According to him, “the party participated in all the electoral processes even up till yesterday(Friday), Its candidate obtained nomination forms and took part in all the electoral processes, they boycotted the election because they were afraid of imminent failure.”

Others like the chief of staff to Governor Oyinlola,Elder Peter Babalola, a chieftain of the PDP Chief Abiola Ogundokun, PDP chairmanship candidate in Egbedore local Government, Mr Bamidele Salam, and the state Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ademola Rasak said that AC boycott of the election has no meaning.

They noted that AC was afraid of defeat, saying that If they have no confidence in the OSSIEC why did they participate in the electoral process till Saturday when they backed out?

They described the election as the most peaceful one in the state since its creation in 1991 assuring the people that the elected officers would deliver dividends of democracy.

 

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