LG polls hold to­day in Kaduna, Oyo

APC shifts congress in Imo

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Lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions will hold in all coun­cil ar­eas of Kaduna and Oyo states to­day to de­cide who run the lo­cal gov­ern­ments as chair­men and coun­cilors.

Kaduna has not elected chair­men and coun­cilors at the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and ward lev­els since 2015 when the last set was sacked by the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

It would be the first time elec­tions at that level would be con­ducted through the elec­tronic sys­tem of vot­ing in the state.

It looks likely to be a close con­test be­tween can­di­dates of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and those of the opposition Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

The Kaduna Coali­tion of Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties (KCPP) com­pris­ing 31 po­lit­i­cal par­ties has dis­closed its in­ten­tion to boy­cott the polls in the in­ter­est of peace, safety of lives and prop­erty of can­di­dates and the gen­eral pub­lic.

But the PDP said it would par­tic­i­pate in the polls, say­ing plans by the rul­ing party to rig the elec­tion were not enough rea­son to boy­cott it.

Ad­dress­ing news­men in Kaduna yes­ter­day, the chair­man and sec­re­tary of the coali­tion, Umar Ibrahim (Mairaqumi) and Mo­hammed Inuwa Wada de­scribed what they called a grand plan by the State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (SIECOM) to dis­en­fran­chise vot­ers and rig the elec­tion in fa­vor of the APC.

Some of the par­ties that make up the coali­tion in­clude the All Pro­gres­sives Grand Al­liance (APGA), Ac­tion Al­liance, Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Party, Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Congress, Ac­tion Demo­cratic Congress, So­cial Demo­cratic Party, Labour party and All Pro­gres­sive Al­liance, among oth­ers.

The PDP chair­man and for­mer Min­is­ter of State for Avi­a­tion, Has­san Hyet, said: “Though PDP does not have con­fi­dence in the State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, it has great con­fi­dence in the elec­torate who are ready to kick out the APC gov­ern­ment.”

The Oyo State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (OYSIEC) said elec­tion would hold in 4,783 pol­ing units and 5,260 polling points in to­day’s elec­tion.

Chair­man of the com­mis­sion, Mr. Jide Ajeigbe, said in Ibadan yes­ter­day, that 12 po­lit­i­cal par­ties would par­tic­i­pate, adding that the com­mis­sion will make use of over 10,000 ad-hoc staff.

The APC also post­poned to­mor­row’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas Congress in Imo State, pend­ing re­ceipt of the Ap­peal Com­mit­tee’s re­port on the Ward Congress con­ducted in the state. Gov­er­nor Rochas Oko­rocha met with the Na­tional Chair­man, Chief John Odigie-Oye­gun and other mem­bers of the Party’s Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC), where the de­ci­sion was reached.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Chair­man, who con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment, a new date for the LG congress will be an­nounced in due course. Chief Odigie-Oye­gun said: “It’s been shifted, pend­ing the re­port of the Ap­peal Com­mit­tee.”

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