PDP wins chairmanship seats of five FCT Area Councils

13 political parties fielded candidates for the positions.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won the chairmanship seats of five Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in last Saturday’s poll.

According to the result released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday, the councils won by the PDP are Kwali, Kuje Abaji, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Bwari.

The Gwagwalada Area Council was won by the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP.

Altogether, 13 political parties fielded candidates for the positions.

PDP also won 44 councillorship seats out of the 62 vied for while the ANPP got nine.

The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, won in four wards, while the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN won in three.

One ward at Abaji Council was inconclusive while the result of one ward in Kuje Council is still outstanding.

Micah Jiba who was returned as AMAC chair with a total vote of 16,841 attributed his victory to the work of God.

“I want to tell you that I really appreciate God for what has happened today, I have always made my people to understand that tomorrow will always be better than today,” he told journalists on Sunday.

“In politics you have to put two things in mind, it is either you make or lose it. Just have it in mind that such things are bound to occur sometime.”

Mr Jiba commended INEC for conducting a smooth election and called on his defeated opponents to join hands with him to move AMAC forward.

Meanwhile, one of the parties that fielded candidates in the election, United Progressive Party, UPP, has said that the FCT election held on Saturday lacked legitimacy.

In a statement by its National Chairman, Chekwas Okorie, UPP lamented the poor turnout of voters, saying there is nowhere in the world where such election could be regarded as legitimate.

“It is generally accepted by all including Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the turn out of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council’s Election is very poor, in fact so poor that the election itself lacks legitimacy.

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“The situation in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) portrays this assertion very clearly. The number of registered voters in AMAC is approximately 477,000.

“The total votes cast in the election including valid and non valid votes were approximately 15% of registered voters. There is nowhere in the world that an election with such abysmal turn-out of voters can be regarded as legitimate.”

The party, however, commended its chairmanship candidate in AMAC, Chambers Okorie, his running mate, Danladi Iliya and the 12 councillorship candidates for their impressive outing, adding that they will go down in history of the four month old party as the first standard bearers of its banner in its first democratic contest.

Also, the Election Working Group, EWG, of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, which observed the election, said it was generally peaceful, free and fair.

Chairman of the group, Dafe Akpedeye, said at a news conference in Abuja, also agreed that the election was characterised by a poor turnout of voters, especially in AMAC.

The group attributed apathy to inadequate sensitization and mobilization of electorates by relevant government agencies.

It urged stakeholders, particularly political parties to carry out more civic education with a view to increasing the involvement of the electorate in future polls.

EWG asked INEC to use electronic voting machines in the conduct of elections in future.

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