APC wins Ekiti council poll boycotted by PDP

The election was boycotted by the main opposition party PDP which claimed that the APC led administration in the state was incapable of organising credible, free and fair elections without violence.

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Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi

The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission on Sunday declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of all the seats contested in Saturday’s local government councils poll in the state.

The election was boycotted by the main opposition party PDP which claimed that the APC led administration in the state was incapable of organising credible, free and fair elections without violence.

Justice Jide Aladejana, the chairman of the commission, announced that the APC won all the 35 council chairmanship seats and 176 out of the 177 councilorship seats declared.

Mr Aladejana said that the commission had postponed councilorship election in Erinjiyan ward, following violence that broke out during the poll in the town.

He appreciated security agencies and the staff of the commission as well as the electorate for participating in the poll and for their cooperation for the successful conduct of the election.

The election was held across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the 19 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) as well as the 177 wards of the state.

Six other political parties participated in the poll.

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They included Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress(APC), National Rescue Movement(NRM), and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

Speaking on the election, Raphael Adeyanju, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, described it as a sham.

Mr Adeyanju said that the result of the election and the obvious low turnout of voters had confirmed fears by the party that the result had already been predetermined by the ruling APC ahead of the poll.

The spokesman also described the conduct of election in the newly created LCDAs as unconstitutional, claiming that since the constitution of Nigeria only recognised the existing sixteen LGAs in state, the election in the 19 LCDAs was an aberration and a waste of resources.

(NAN)

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