APC clears Ekiti State LG poll as PDP reveals why party boycotted election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) won all 35 council chairmanship positions and 176 of the 177 councilorship seats declared in Saturday’s Ekiti State local government council elections.
The Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Justice Jide Aladejana, revealed the results on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti.
According to Aladejana, the commission postponed the councilorship election in Erinjiyan ward due to violence that erupted during the voting in the town.
He thanked the security agencies, the commission’s personnel, and the electorate for their participation in the poll and their cooperation in ensuring the election’s success.
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.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the poll, arguing that the APC-led administration in the state was incapable of organizing a legitimate, free, and fair election devoid of violence.
Six other political parties, however, took part in the poll.
Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress (APC), National Rescue Movement (NRM), and Young Progressives Party were among them (YPP).
Mr Raphael Adeyanju, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, condemned the election as a hoax.
Adeyanju stated that the election result and the clear low voter turnout verified the party’s worries that the outcome had already been decided by the ruling APC before of the elections.
The spokesperson for PDP 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.