APC Wins 22 Chairmanship Seats In Niger

 

 

The Niger State Independent Electoral Commission has announced the results of the Chairmanship and Councillorship elections from 23 local government areas, out of which the All Progressives Congress has won 22 Chairmanship seats while PDP won 1 seat.

Results from Mashegu and Tafa local government areas are yet to be submitted, while councillorship elections in seven wards in Shiroro, Chanchaga, Bida and Rafi local government areas were canceled.

Announcing the results, the chairman of the commission, Aminu Baba said eighty-five candidates contested for the position of Chairman, while six hundred and sixty-one candidates contested for the position of councilor across the 25 local government areas.

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He noted that there were hitches in some local government areas which include Agaie, Mashegu, and Chanchaga, adding that there also cases of delays in cm the commencement of poll.

Channels Television gathered that the elections in the aforementioned three local government areas were marred with violence.

Baba, however, said the commission recorded success despite the hitches and commended the security agencies in the state for their support.

The elections on Saturday witnessed a low turnout of voters across the twenty-five local government areas, with some voters refusing to come out and vote because of what they described as poor performance of politicians after being elected.

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.

Party Advisory Council Calls For Postponement Of Abia Election

Party Advisory Council Calls For Postponement Of Abia ElectionThe Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Abia state, has called on the State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC), to shift the date of the December 17, 2106 election to a later date to enable the parties prepare well.

The body is made up of stakeholders and representatives of all the political parties in the state, with one agenda to beckon on the chairman of ABSIEC to shift the local government election date, as a result of numerous complaints from all quarters.

Furthermore, it is expected to call for a round table discussion and harmonize the complaints so as to allow for a peaceful conduct of the election.

At a briefing in Umuahia, on Monday, the Chairman of IPAC, Emeka Okafor, said that the parties did not have enough time to discuss with the State Electoral umpire on the issues of high fees and stringent time table, that are conflicting with the preparation, as it offers limited time for party candidates to campaign.

According to him, the parties should be allowed to have enough time to play their own internal democracy in order to produce a credible candidate for the election.

He therefore urged ABSIEC to do the needful in ensuring a peaceful conduct of local government polls.

“We are gathered here today to let the world know that the body of all political parties in Abia State, known as IPAC, for want of equity and level playing ground for all the political parties and candidates contesting in the December 17, 2016 election, has resolved to ask the ABSIEC chairman to move this election date pending the preparations of the political parties and their candidates.

He stressed that “the reason behind this demand is because of the numerous complaints from the candidates contesting this elections, ranging from high fees as well as inadequate time for parties to prepare.

“This election is a grass root election, an election that involves our old men and women in the village, an election that interprets a lot in our democracy.

“So, if we cannot give our villagers what they want, if we cannot give them the right candidate, it will mess up the entire democracy of the state and the country, that is why we are demanding for more time for the candidates to campaign and hence we are calling for the postponement of the election, Mr Okafor stressed.

These issues are coming barely some weeks after the body, met with the state government to discuss the way forward but apparently the promises made may not have been kept leading to a vote of no confidence on the commission and the fear that Abians may not get a free and fair LG polls.

According to the Chairman, All Progressive Congress Abia State, Donatus Nwankpa, “the issue is that a lot of things have arisen in the course of this preparation and move towards the election.

“ABSIEC on her own has violated all the designated time and dates in their time table and as such we cannot be held responsible that we are the cause of this shift.

“This shift has become necessary in view of their lackadaisity, urseriousness and incompetence as most of their programs are not in tandem with that of the political parties,

“I must tell you that the members of IPAC are interested in this election ,we cannot be against the election at the local government level after all, the ruling party appoints their persons at the local government system it has been operating.

“So I believe this is the chance for all to contest and having looked at all the reasons before us, we cannot be guaranteed of a free and fair election because we want circumstances that would give us justice and give the people and candidates the desired confidence that this election would not be stage managed. that is the issue on ground,” Nwankpa said.

The ruling party in the state has however kicked off their campaign for the local government election, while the decision of the Abia electoral body to yield to the demand of the stakeholders, would be determine in the days ahead.

Governor Gaidam Swears-In Two New Commissioners

Ibrahim_GaidamGovernor Ibrahim Gaidam of  Yobe State has sworn in two new commissioners, urging them to work assiduously to the success of his administration.

The swearing in of the two commissioners was performed at the WAWA Hall of the Government House in Damaturu, the state capital, on Wednesday.

Three members of the State Civil Service Commission and a member of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) were also sworn in.

Administering the oath on the appointees, the Governor said the appointment of two new commissioners was to fill in the vacuum created by the resignation of Mohammed Dakasku and Sidi Karasuwa who both contested for the National Assembly primaries conducted recently.

He directed political and public office holders in the state to work hard towards promoting the guiding philosophy of moving the state forward.

The Governor said the appointments would help rejuvenate the civil service for efficiency and productivity.

Mr Gaidam warned the newly appointees, particularly the commissioners, that the primary concern of his administration was to implement policies and programmes that would improve the living standard of the common man.

While charging them to ensure transparency, accountability and judicious utilization of public funds released to them also directed them to work in harmony with their subordinates’ particularly permanent secretaries and other civil servants for the overall development of their organisations

He further said that the appointments were done based on wide consultation with relevant stakeholders while their selections were done base on their track record as well as honesty, and dedication to duty.

The Governor commended the members of the State House of Assembly for the speedy screening and confirmations of the nominees submitted to them by the executive arms.

He then urged them to abide by the oath of allegiance and oath of office they took and called on their staff and people of the state to accord them the necessary support in their new assignment.

Governor Gaidam also asked the people of the state to validate their voter’s card ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Mr Dawa Mai Gari and Mr Ibrahim Umar Potiskum were sworn in as commissioners while Mr Gambo Bizi, Khalifa Hassan Yusuf and Mr Bukar Lawan Gana as members of the State Civil Service Commission. Mr Mustapha Maina took oath as member State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC)

Parties Brace Up For December 14th Nasarawa LG Poll

Political parties in Nasarawa state are bracing up for the forthcoming local government election in the state. The State Independent Electoral Commission has set December 14th, 2013 for the election.

Speaking at the release of the election time table, chairman of the body, Dr. Abdullahi Modibbo said the commission is set to conduct council elections after an out of court settlement was reached with the ousted elected council officials.

As for the political parties, several negotiations are on-going to take a decision on how their candidates will emerge.

The election will afford the political parties in the state an opportunity to state their determination to claim the nasarawa state government house in the 2015 governorship election.