Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that no local government elections took place in Kogi state last Saturday, describing the declaration of purported winners of the said election as a sham orchestrated to subvert the will of the people and steal their electoral mandate.
In a statement signed and made available to journalists in Lokoja by Kola Ologbondiyan, the
National Publicity Secretary of the party, the PDP noted that such window dressing can only be associated with All Progressive Congress (APC) led by the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello
“No electoral officers were appointed, no ballot materials were brought and no election of any kind took place in any polling unit across the state, and as such there could have been no winners as announced by the APC administration” the statement noted.
The party asserted that what played out on Saturday “in the state was a criminal enterprise where APC leaders merely converged at government facilities to compile names and declared the same as winners”.
The party stated that such a provocative act against the wishes and aspirations of the people is a direct recipe for the breakdown of law and order in the state.
“It is indeed, an act of extreme callousness that Governor Yahaya Bello could superintend over such daylight electoral robbery for which he wasted man-hour and resources in declaring Friday, December 11, as a public holiday as well as shutting down markets and businesses on the proposed election date, even when he had no plans for any election”, the statement read.
However, the party urged Governor Bello and the APC not “to gloat over their false victory, saying that the governor must conduct elections into the Local government councils as provided by law as there is no way a compilation of names at government facilities can stand as elections into the councils
In the same vein, the Kogi State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party stated that it has declared a month of mourning as a mark of rejecting the outcome of the last Saturday, December 12 local government election in the State.
The State Chairman of the SDP, Alhaji Mouktah Atimah, dropped this hint, saying that the outcome of the election is a setback for democracy.
The SDP chairman pointed out that having received assurances from the SIEC Chairman of credible polls, he felt the KOSIEC chairman will keep to his words, lamenting that the council election lacked the minimum standard and an aberration to known democracy tenets.
However, the Chairman of Kogi state Independent National Electoral Commission KOSIEC Mr. Mamman Eri has expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of voters in the ongoing local government council election in the state.
Mr. Eri stated this at ward B, cantonment Lokoja, saying that though there was voter apathy in most of the polling units he visited, the voting is going on smoothly.
He urged voters to come out and vote for their preferred candidate as accreditation and voting are done simultaneously.
He said the election is taking place in a total of 2,548 polling units and 239 wards across the state.
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