Lagos LG Election: Police Warn Politicians, Residents Against Violence

I Never Said A Rally Cannot Be Held – Lagos CPThe Lagos State Police Command has warned politicians and electoral officials against violence or any criminal activity ahead of tomorrow’s local government elections.

The Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni gave the warning when he appeared on Politics Today on Channels TV.

According to him, the security agencies are ready to ensure that people vote without any fear or intimidation.

Owoseni called on officials of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC to resist any temptation from politicians that could mitigate a hitch-free election.

The people of Lagos State will on Saturday have the opportunity to elect their leaders at the grassroots level for the first time in about five years.

The local government election is expected to usher in new chairmen and councillors in the 20 local government and 37 local council development areas (LCDAS) across the state.

LASIEC announced that voting will open at 8 am as voters will be able to vote using the existing Independent National Electoral Commission’s register used in national elections.

The Lagos State Government said movement would be restricted in the state between 7 am and 3 pm to allow for a smooth conduct of the local government elections and unhindered participation.

Seven Parties To Participate In Yobe LG Election – IPAC

IPAC, Yobe LG ElectionThe Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe State says seven political parties will participate in the Local Government (LG) election slated for February 11, 2017.

The State Chairman of IPAC, Mr Umar Kukuri, made the disclosure during an interview with reporters in Damaturu, Yobe State’s capital, in northeast Nigeria.

Mr Kukuri said: “The seven political parties have already conducted their various primary elections in which their respective candidates have emerged, submitted to the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and screened by the electoral commission”.

The seven parties are PDC, SDP, CPP, ACD, APC, NCP and MPPP.

The IPAC Chairman hinted that campaigns had commenced across the state with political parties canvasing for support ahead of the poll.

He asked SIEC to ensure a free and fair election that would be accepted by all the political parties and observers nationally.

Kukuri also appealed to the political parties to conduct themselves according to the rules of the game and avoid issues that could breach peace in the state before, during and after the election.

He praised security operatives in the state for ensuring peace in the previous elections and urged them to maintain the same tempo during the imminent poll.

Hitch Free Election

The chairman further commended the Yobe State government for conducting the election despite the security threat poised by the Boko Haram insurgents.

“The council wishes to appreciate the Yobe State government for promoting democracy throughout the conduct of the local government election.

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“It is noteworthy that the Yobe State government had consistently conducted LG elections in spite of security challenges faced by the state. While states without such challenges failed to conduct LG elections, the council elections are being conducted in Yobe.

“As democrats and proud citizens of the state, it is to the credit of the state government that the council elections of 2015 encouraged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2015 general elections in the northeast region that was bedevilled by serious security challenges,” he said.

Mr Kukuri assured the people of the state that IPAC would work with all the participating political parties to ensure a hitch-free election.

The last time Yobe State held an LG election was in 2014 at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.

APC Wins All 57 Chairmanship Seats In Ogun LG Election

APC, ImpeachmentThe Ogun state All Progressives Congress, APC has won all the 57 chairmanship seats in the election into 20 local government areas held on Saturday  and 37 local council development areas. 

As announced by the Ogun State Independent National Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), the party also won 346 of the 349 councilor seats while the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) won two councilor seats and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) settled for one seat.

Meanwhile the results of the election have been met with mixed reactions, as the Peoples Democratic Party has called for the total cancellation of the election

The PDP said that the results are not a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of the electorates who came out to cast their vote for the representatives of their choice.

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has, however, said that this was far from what happened at the polls.

Benue LG Election Set For Sept. 3, 2016

Benue State, LG electionThe Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC), has fixed September 3, 2016 for the conduct of local government election which was last held in November 2012.

Chairman of the Commission, Mr John Tswua, announced the date at a stakeholders’ meeting with representatives of political parties and traditional rulers.

The commission says it is depending on those present for a peaceful conduct of the election in their domain.

The BSIEC Chairman believes that the successful conduct of election is a function of all the stakeholders’ efforts.

The main opposition party, People Democratic Party (PDP) is convinced the commission will be fair to all in the build up to the election.