[UPDATED] APC Wins All 27 LG Chairmanship Seats In Imo

BREAKING: APC Wins All 27 LG Chairmanship Seats In Imo

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the 27 chairmanship seats in the just concluded local government elections in Imo State.

Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC), Mr Ethelbert Ebebuchi, revealed this on Sunday in Owerri.

Mr Ebebuchi made the disclosure while announcing the results of the elections at the ISIEC Headquarters along Orlu Road in the state capital.

He announced that the ruling party also won 636 councillorship seats out of the 645 wards in the state.

 

According to the SIEC chairman, Accord Party, KOWA, and the Young Progressive Party (YPP) won some of the remaining councillorship positions.

He commended the state government, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, as well as local and international observers for their efforts towards ensuring the success of the exercise.

Reacting to the outcomes of the elections in a statement shortly after the results were announced, the state governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, commended ISIEC for the successful conduct of the polls.

He said the electoral body showed that it has the capacity to conduct a free and fair election “without eyebrows being raised”.

Okorocha, who is the APC Governors’ Forum Chairman, congratulated his party and the candidates who participated in the elections on the feat recorded.

He also thanked the people of Imo for coming out to exercise their franchise and conducting themselves peacefully at the polls.

The elections conducted by the electoral body on Saturday were the first in the state in the last seven years.

Wike Happy With Conduct Of Rivers LG Polls

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says he is satisfied with the conduct of the local government elections conducted by the state’s Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC).

The governor spoke to journalists after participating in the exercise. His reaction came after election observers adjudged the voting process across the 23 local government areas as free and fair.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike (File)

 

Residents of the state had gone to the polls on Saturday to elect their leaders at the local government levels.

 

Channels Television observed that residents of the oil-rich state came out in large numbers to participate in the exercise.

Rivers State Holds Local Government Elections

 

 

PHOTOS: Rivers Residents Vote In LG Polls

 

The Local Government Area (LGA) election in Rivers State is holding today, Saturday, June 16, in the 23 council areas of the state.

Officials of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) are already at the venues of the exercise to conduct the polls.

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Accreditation and voting commenced in some wards with both processes happening simultaneously while the exercise has already begun in most LGAs.

See photos from some of the polling units below;

Rivers State Holds Local Government Elections

Rivers State Holds Local Government Elections

 

The Local Government Area (LGA) election in Rivers State is holding as scheduled today, Saturday, June 16, across the 23 council areas of the state.

The exercise which is expected to last between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm will usher in elected chairmen, vice chairmen as well as councillors in the various local governments.

In Khana – one of the LGAs visited by Channels Television crew, the exercise commenced early as electoral materials were distributed at the Police Station Field in Bori community.

PHOTOS: Rivers Residents Vote In LG Polls

 

Similarly, officials of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) arrived the venue of the exercise in Ikwere LGA to conduct the election.

While security operatives are also at the venues, candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as those from other political parties are getting set for the exercise.

Accreditation and voting commenced in some wards with both processes happening simultaneously while the exercise has already begun in most LGAs.

Meanwhile, electoral materials have been moved to the riverine communities, including those in Degema LGA by the RSIEC officials in the company with security operatives.

The communities comprise of Bakana which has six wards (Ward 1 – 6); Tombia which has four wards (Ward 7, 8, 9, and 10).

Others are Bukuma which is Ward 15; Bille – Ward 16; as well as Ogurama and Ké which share Ward 17.

The caretaker chairman of Degema LGA, Mr Boma Dappa, confirmed to Channels Television that the electoral materials were safely moved to his hometown in Bille.

While voting is ongoing in Khana LGA, the exercise has also started at Unit 7 Ward 9 of Obio/Akpor LGA, where the state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, is expected to cast his vote.

APC Sweeps To Victory In Nasarawa Council Polls

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has swept to victory in the 13 local government areas of Nasarawa State in the just concluded local government elections.

Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr Henry Omaku, made the declaration on Sunday in Lafia, the state capital.

He declared that the party also won the councillorship election in the entire 147 Wards of the state.

The state’s electoral body had fixed Saturday, May 26 (yesterday), for the conduct of the council polls.

State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura had vowed not to tamper with the independence of the electoral body.

The governor made the pledge while inaugurating the chairman and members of the state electoral body.

The inauguration, which held at the Council Chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital, is in line with the preparation for the local government elections slated for May in the state.

Addressing the newly NASIEC officials, Governor Al-Makura noted that adequate provision has been made to ensure the polls are conducted successfully.

He also called on other political parties to participate fully in the elections without any fear of partisanship and assured them of responsiveness on the part of the state government.

Al-Makura Hails Conduct Of LG Polls, Describes Process As Peaceful

Be Your Brother's Keeper, Al-Makura Tells Nasarawa Residents
File photo

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has described the ongoing election holding in 13 Local Government Area as orderly and peaceful.

The governor stated this to journalists after casting his vote at the Lungun Wambai polling unit in Lafia, the state capital.

This is the second local government elections in the Governor Tanko Al-Makura’s administration.

The election has 22 political parties participating.

LG Polls: KADSIEC Reschedules Election in Five LGAs

 

The Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIEC) has rescheduled council polls in five local government areas of the state.

This comes as the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) swept 14 out of the  18 chairmanship seats in the already declared results in last Saturday’s local government election.

Elections were conducted by the commission in the 255 wards and 23 local governments using the Electronic Voting Machine, the first of its kind in Nigeria’s democratic process.

Announcing the results on Thursday, KADSIEC Chairman, Saratu Dikko-Audu, said the Peoples Democratic Party won four chairmanship seats and some councillorship positions in the election.

She, however, declared the results in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas as inconclusive while a fresh election has been rescheduled for Kaura and Jaba local government councils and other wards where the election could not hold on June 2, 2018.

PDP Commences Campaign Ahead Of Rivers LG Elections

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike addresses PDP faithful ahead of the state’s Local Government polls on June 16, 2018 in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced campaigns ahead of the Rivers State local government elections on June 16, 2018.

The event which took place at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt was witnessed by several PDP faithful across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

In his address, Governor Nyesom Wike gave the assurance of a smooth conduct of the council polls.

“This election will not be rigged. Only popular candidates will emerge victorious at the polls,” he said on Thursday.

According to Wike, the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had failed to keep faith with its promises since taking over leadership in 2015.

He added, “It has never happened that this country is divided on religious lines. APC has divided Nigeria based on religious faiths. Nigerians are tired of the deception of APC. For us in Rivers State, we have nothing to do with APC. APC has no business with Rivers State.”

Also speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus urged Nigerians to vote out the APC’s government in the 2019 general elections, stressing that his party is united to take over governance next year.

He further advised security agencies to cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring transparency in the democratic process.

“If you attempt to rig in Ekiti State, there will be a crisis. We don’t know if there will be Nigeria after that. Our security agencies and INEC should not be deceived into rigging elections,” he said.

The highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of party flags to the 23 PDP Local Government Candidates by the State Chairman, Mr Felix Obuah.

Also at the event, 150 Former Councillors of the APC defected to the party who were received by its South-South Zonal Vice Chairman, Mr Emma Ogidi.

Al-Makura Vows To Ensure Free Nasarawa LG Polls

Al-Makura Vows To Ensure Free Nasarawa LG Polls
File photo: Governor Tanko Al-Makura

 

Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura has vowed not to tamper with the independence of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC).

The governor made the pledge on Monday during the inauguration ceremony of the chairman and members of the state electoral body.

The inauguration, which held at the Council Chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital, is in line with the preparation for the local government elections slated for May in the state.

Addressing the newly NASIEC officials, Governor Al-Makura noted that adequate provision has been made to ensure the polls are conducted successfully.

He also called on other political parties to participate fully in the elections without any fear of partisanship and assured them of responsiveness on the part of the state government.

Read the governor’s full speech below:

It is with a heavy heart and great sense of loss that I am performing this exercise in view of the recent demise of the former Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma, OON. However, exigencies of office dictate we act in order to ensure that governance processes and conventions be carried out, as at when due.

This, we believe, is more fitting, a farewell, to the late Governor. Hence, I am addressing you today on this occasion of the swearing-in of the Chairman and Members of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC), a Permanent Secretary in the Nasarawa State Public Service, as well as Interim Management Committee Chairmen of Keana and Keffi Local Government Councils.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it would be recalled that the tenure of the erstwhile Chairman and some Members of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) expired, thereby creating a vacuum and the necessity to fill the existing vacancy therein. Accordingly, by the powers conferred on me, it became imperative to reconstitute the Commission.

In this regard, I submitted names of nominees to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for confirmation as Chairman and Members of the electoral body in the State. I need to express my appreciation to the Right Honourable Speaker and Members of the House for their speedy consideration of the appointees.

This, no doubt further demonstrates our enduring partnership towards fulfilling our collective responsibilities to the people. It is my hope that this relationship will continue to flourish.

Let me point out that we made meticulous consultations with regards to consideration of the backgrounds, wealth of experience and track records of the appointees. It is my belief that these appointees have met our set criteria.

While congratulating the Chairman and Members of NASIEC, therefore, I charge you to justify the confidence reposed in you, considering the fact that your appointment came at a time the State is preparing to conduct the Local Government elections in May 2018. In other words, you must exhibit honesty and integrity in your conduct.

As you settle down to this onerous task, remember that the first assignment before you are to organize a free, fair and credible election that is in line with the Law and best practices. Accordingly, I call on you to ensure a level playing field for all the would-be candidates to be fielded by the registered political parties in the State.

Let me place on record that Government would not interfere with the independence of the State electoral body in the due discharge of its responsibilities. I, therefore, call on all political parties to participate in the electioneering process without any fear of partisanship. To underscore our commitment in this direction, Government is providing the necessary enablement to facilitate the smooth preparation and conduct of the May 2018 election.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me state that, as part of this occasion, a new Permanent Secretary has also been sworn-in to fill existing vacancy in the Civil Service. It is also aimed at strengthening the machinery of Government towards effective and efficient service delivery. I must reiterate to our new Permanent Secretary that public service is public trust.

I, therefore, charge you to uphold the virtues of this Administration anchored on accountability, transparency, probity in the management of public funds and, above all, loyalty. You are enjoined to work in synergy with your colleagues and other political appointees, as well as your subordinates in the implementation of Government policies and programmes.

You will be surprised that we are swearing-in Interim Management Committee Chairmen of Keana and Keffi Local Government Councils respectively, while we are holding elections in May 2018. This is to avoid having a vacuum in these Local Government Areas for smooth Administration in the affected councils.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me take the liberty of this occasion to comment on the tenure of Local Government chairmen and councillors in the State. You are already aware of the controversy surrounding the tenure of elected Local Government officials which the previous Assembly fixed for only two years which was not helped by several court decisions on the issue.

For all intent and purposes, this Administration notes that no meaningful socio-economic activities will take place within a span of two years. It is for this reason that Government recently submitted a bill to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly aimed at addressing the issue of tenure of our elected Local Government representatives to a three-year term. It is my belief that the amendment of the Local Government Law will put to rest the issue of tenure of Local Government officials in the State.

At this juncture, ladies and gentlemen, as we move closer to the May 2018 Local Government elections, I urge all and sundry to ensure that we participate fully in this exercise that will usher in elective officers at the grassroots. I urge you to conduct yourselves in a peaceful and orderly manner, not only during the electioneering campaigns but also during the conduct of the elections.

On this note, I once again congratulate the Chairman and members of NASIEC, the new Permanent Secretary and Interim Management Committee Chairmen of Keana and Keffi Local Government Councils. I welcome you on board to the service of Nasarawa State.

Thank you and God bless.

OSIEC Chairman Faults Conduct Of LG Polls

The Chairman, Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, (OSIEC) Segun Oladitan has faulted all litigations against the conduct of local government election slated for January 27, 2018.

Addressing OSIEC staff and ad-hoc staff at Osogbo yesterday during a 2-day training workshop for Electoral Offices (E.O)Assistant Electoral Offices, (AEO) and OSIEC staff, the chairman said January 27, 2018, date remained sacrosanct for the election.

Oladitan said as a lawyer of repute, the litigations when studied critically are not sufficient nor capable of putting a halt to the election.

He charged participants at the workshop with the theme: ‘Updating knowledge in trends and dynamic of grassroots election management and administration’ to see themselves as an ambassador of the commission and work assiduously to ensure a free, fair, credible and successful election.

The chairman congratulated the officers for being found worthy of the assignment especially when such election held eleven years ago but warned them not to endanger themselves by engaging in any form of electoral malpractice that could land them in trouble.

According to him, since only Councillors would be elected at the polls, the officers should educate the electorate on the parliamentary system of government adopted by Osun state government which provides for the election of chairmen by elected councillors of prospective local governments.

Oladitan who disclosed that only 18 politically parties are participating in the election noted that the Commission is fully prepared for a credible election.