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KAD-SIECOM Chairman Clears Air On Jaba, Chikun Polls

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The chairman of Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM), Dr Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, yesterday, while addressing journalists, confirmed that election in Jaba local government area of Kaduna State held freely, fairly and conclusively without report of violence but that the two leading political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will have to approach the Local Government Election Tribunal to resolve the controversy that ensued after the conclusion of elections in the local government.

Speaking during a press conference to announce the outcome of the rescheduled elections in four local government areas across the state, which held on Wednesday, June 6, Dr Dikko said that two different results were announced from the same election in Jaba, a development that has made the commission to advise the APC and PDP to seek justice at the elections tribunal.

She said, “Free, fair and credible election was conducted in Jaba local government during the rescheduled polls but two results were announced from the same election.”

According to her, only a tribunal could resolve the issue and she advised the two political parties to approach the tribunal to seek justice.

She, however, said that the poll was concluded in the two wards of Sabon Gari North and South in Kaduna South local government area where Kabiru Yakubu Jarumi of the APC emerged winner with 50,404 votes, while the PDP candidate scored 23,425 votes.

She also disclosed that election was concluded in Makarfi Central Ward with Suleiman Adamu of the APC, winning with 1,770 votes against PDP’s Aliyu Lawal, who scored 1,615 votes.

She said election did not hold in Chikun and Kaura local government areas. According to her, the “Returning Officer”, one Dr Sani Mohammed, who announced the results for Chikun LGA, is not a staff of the commission.

“Chikun LGA held no elections on June 6 during the rescheduled polls because our office was invaded and staff molested, elections did not hold, ” she said.

On the situation in Kaura, she said that some stakeholders in the local government refused to let the materials be distributed until they saw Returning Officers, a development that prevented the election from holding.

For Chikun local government, it would be recalled that one Sani Mohammed (PhD) who claimed to be the Returning Officer, on Thursday declared the results of the rescheduled poll at the Local Government Secretariat under heavy security in favour of the APC.

He had announced that the APC had 52,660 as against 28,198 polled by the PDP.

The chairman said all the cases and irregularities in the entire local government elections were being reviewed and the commission would soon come up with a position.




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