– The PDP has condemned the outcome of the local government elections in Plateau state
– Candidates of the APC emerged winners of 11 out of the 13 chairmanship seats in the state
– Chairman of PDP in the state, Damishi Sango,, however, claimed that his party won in all the 13 local government areas except Kanam
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the outcome of the local government elections in Plateau state after candidates of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) that emerged winners of 11 out of the 13 chairmanship seats.
Premium Times reports that the elections were conducted on Wednesday, October 10, in 13 of the 17 local government areas of the state.
NAIJ.com gathered that Fabian Ntung, the chairman of the state Independent electoral commission (PLASIEC), announced the results on Thursday, October 11, at the headquarters of the commission in Jos.
Ntung noted that the elections in Langtang north and Mangu were inconclusive as a result of ballot box snatching and other irregularities.
He said: “The All Progressive Congress (APC) has won chairmanship elections in 11 out of the 13 LGAs. Elections in Langtang North and Mangu LGAs were declared inconclusive due to electoral malpractices.”
The chairman of PDP in the state, Damishi Sango, while reacting to the results at a press briefing in his office claimed the PDP won in all the 13 local government areas except Kanam.
He described the results announced by the state electoral body as fraudulent, alleging that collation of results was still on going when PLASIEC went ahead to announce results.
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“It is clear that Governor (Simon) Lalong and APC out of desperation to hold on to power even when it is clear that they have lost same, are hell-bent on plunging the state into yet another needless political crisis.
“I spoke to the commissioner of police, Plateau state police command and the state director of Security Services a short while ago intimating them on the present sad development.
”As a responsible political party, we have all along chosen the path of peace even in the face of grave provocation. I invite all well-meaning people of Plateau state to reject this desperation by Governor Lalong.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Plateau state government declared Wednesday, October 10, 2018, a work-free day to enable residents to vote in the local government elections.
A statement by Richard Tokma, acting secretary to the state government, said that the elections would hold in 13 of the 17 local governments.
He advised voters to exercise their franchise and do so peacefully, so as to avoid anything that would disrupt the peace in the state.
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