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PDP Wins Ondo Council Polls

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the chairmanship seats and 202 out of 203 councillorship seats in last Saturday’s council polls in Ondo State.

Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), Prof Olugbenga Ige said the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPA) won the only councillorship seat in ward nine, Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government.

The chairmen-elect are Arowolo Johnson (Akoko North East); Aladetimehin Joseph(Akoko North); Agunloye Babasola (Akoko South East); Ogunbi Abiodun (Akoko South West); Bandele Babalola (Akure North); Adebayo Alarapon (Akure South); Sobijo Timiminiwei (Ese-Odo); Akingbaso Festus(Idanre) and Sola Adu (Ifedore).

Others are Omowomo Agunola (Ilaje); Gbemigbade Folasade (Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo); Julius Elumaro (Irele); Raphael Ademulegun(Odigbo); Larry Ogunsere (Okitipupa); Akinkuolie Kafaru(Ondo East); Ogunya Victor(Ondo West); Awodeyi Ojo(Ose)and Folahanmi Oluwole(Owo).

Ige said certificates of return would be issued today at ODIEC’s office in Akure.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko voted at Unit 20, Ward 07 in Ondo town, saying the exercise was fair.

He hailed the electoral body for conducting free and fair election, adding that “any individual or political party has the right to boycott elections, since there is no law against it”.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said it had been vindicated by its boycott of the election.

The Deputy Chairman, Ade Adetimehin, said the election was fraudulent and unconstitutional.

He urged the people to remain steadfast and prayerful for a better government that would bring them comfort.

Some civil servants said they could not vote on empty stomachs since they received their last salaries in November.

The party said the election was a mere selection process as those said to have been elected had been selected beforehand.

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A statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, noted that the PDP was the only party which fielded candidates and contested against itself.

It said: “Even when it was evident the election is no contest, they still rigged to create the impression of impressive turnout.

“All the names of the 18 chairmen along with their councillors had been written down and handed over to Prof. Ige, before the election.

“We are glad to see that our calls for the people to shun the election resonated well with them.

“The politically discerning people have also come to realise that Mimiko prefers government by oligarchy.

“This election has turned out to be a charade and a mockery of our democracy where millions of taxpayers money was wasted. We would, however, like to reiterate our position to use all legal means to challenge this illegality as perpetuated by Mimiko.”

The statement hoped that at the appropriate time,it would right the wrong done to the people by committing these present sets of selected chairmen and councillors to appropriation and also conduct a free, fair and credible local government election.

A lawyer, Morakinyo Ogele, said the PDP allegedly manipulated the results.

The lawyer observed that there were no other party agents, except PDP agents, at the various units.

He praised the people for massively boycotting the whole process, saying the election is rated as the greatest deceit of the year.

Ogele, however, advised the elected chairmen and councilors to refuse to be sworn-in.

TheNation


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