The Plateau State All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the chairmanship and councillorship seats in the Saturday local government areas’ elections.
The state Independent Electoral Commission (PLASEIC) yesterday announced the results of the polls.
PLASEIC Chairman Mr. Fabian Ari Ntung said seven political parties participated in the election held on Saturday, which he described as free, fair and devoid of violence.
The parties, he said, include African Action Congress (AAC), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Boot Party (BP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).
From the collated results from across 17 local government areas, the APC candidates from Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos, Jos East, Jos South, Kanam, Kanke, Langtang North, Langtang South, Mangu, Mikang, Panshin, Qua’an Pan, Riyom, Shendam and Wase won the seats and are hereby stands elected.
For the councillorship of the 325 electoral wards, the APC candidates cleared all the seats and are hereby stand elected.
Ntung said the commission is satisfied with the manner in which the elections were conducted.
He expressed appreciation to the stakeholders, who participated and ensured free, fair and peaceful conduct of the local council polls.
The commission’s chairman declared Alamba Danladi Jock as chairman of Barkin-Ladi, Igmala Andy Stephen, Bassa; Guluwa Joseph, Bokkos; Ezekiel Yakubu Izang, Jos East; Usman Shehu Bala, Jos North; Davou Gideon Dung, Jos South; Yusuf Dayyabu Garga, Kanam and Gotip Henry Jan Kanke.
Others are Rimven Bitrus Zulfa, Langtang North; Bulus Vincent Venman, Langtang South; Dapuy Minister Daniel, Mangu; Bako Augustine, Mikang; Kak’mena Audu Goteng, Pankshin; Da’aErnest Abner, Qua’apan; Gwallson Mafeng, Riyom; Na’antuam Alexander, Shendam and Buba Ado Abubakar, Wase.
However, certificates of return have been issued to winners by the chairman of PLASIEC at its headquarters in Jos, after the announcement of the results.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Ahmed Idris Wase commended PLASIEC for the peaceful conduct of the election.
He specifically hailed Governor Simon Bako Lalong for providing a conducive atmosphere for the will of the electorate to prevail.
Secretary of the Plateau State APC Bashir Sati said the process of the election was very tough, but expressed gratitude that the poll ended successfully.
However, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) described the polls as an appointment and not an election.
Its Publicity Secretary, John Akans, said PLASIEC announced an appointment of people into the local government areas and there was no election anywhere in the state.
However, a statement by Governor Lalong’s spokesman, Dr. Simon Makut Macham, announced that the APC elected chairmen and the 325 councillors from the 17 local government councils would be sworn in today by the state governor by 11:am at the Government House.
Ex-Governor Jonah Jang yesterday described the elections as nothing more than a charade, a show of cowardice, mockery of democracy or simply standing logic on its head.
Jang, whose party, the Peoples Democratic Party, was excluded from the polls, said at no time in the history of Plateau State since the return of democracy in 1999, did the state experienced this kind of impunity perpetrated by the APC government.