Sunday, April 20, 2014

Edo LG polls: ACN wins in 7 local govt areas

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo

The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) on Sunday announced results of Saturday’s council polls in  seven of the 14 local  government areas, where the exercise took place.

The commission had earlier cancelled the exercise in four local government areas of  Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha, Esan West and Esan North-East due to logistic problems.

It, however, said the exercise would hold in  Esan West and Esan North-East on Wednesday, and on Thursday in Oredo and Ikpoba Okha local government areas.

Announcing the results, the chairman of the commission, Solomon Ogoh, said the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) won in all the seven local government areas.

The areas are Orhionmwon,  Egor, Akoko-Edo, Estako East, Estako-Central, Esan-South-East and Igueben

In Orhionmwon, ACN  won with 29,059 votes as against PDP’s  5,843 votes, while in Egor, ACN pulled 10,151 votes as against the PDP’s 1,951 votes.

In Igueben local government area,  ACN got 16,298 votes, while PDP scored 1,592 and in  Estako East, ACN had 23,262 votes as against PDP’s 4,281 votes.

Similarly, in Estako Central, ACN won with 9,293 votes and PDP got only 4,359 votes, while in Esan South-East, ACN scored 14,145 votes to defeat PDP, which got 2,776.

In  Akoko-Edo, ACN scored 41,496 votes to beat the rival PDP, which got 5,171 votes.

The commission had earlier cleared six political parties, ACN, PDP, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Labour Party (LP) and and Accord Party (AP) to participate in the polls.

However, the PDP and the ANPP on Sunday described the election as a “sham”  and called for its cancellation.

The ANPP Deputy National Chairman, Solomon Edebiri, called for the immediate resignation of the chairman of the commission for incompetence.

He also called on Governor  Adams Oshiomhole to redeem his name as defender of democracy by sacking the chairman for “gross incompetence’’.

The chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, also called for the cancellation of the exercise, saying the ruling ACN manipulated the commission in its favour.

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