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APC alleges bias in composition of Taraba electoral body




The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State has alleged bias in the composition of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC).

APC accused the leaders of SIEC of being members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Briefing journalists yesterday in Jalingo on the local council election scheduled for February, the state party chairman, Hassan Ardo Jika said, “the composition of members of the SIEC is questionable because of their antecedents.”

He added that, “the APC is not comfortable with the leadership of the commission as they are all card-carrying members of the PDP. So we doubt the outcome of the poll.

“It is certain that the APC would win the election if SIEC provides a level playing field for all the participating political parties. We would do everything to protect our votes.”

Reacting to the allegation, the Chairman of SIEC, Dr. Philip Duwe, said the commission would not be intimidated by anyone irrespective of his position.

“The SIEC under my leadership will be transparent. Any of the aspirants that won either as a council chairman or ward councilor should be assured that this commission would recognise him or her irrespective of their political party.

“With my age and reputation, I will not like to indulge in anything negative that would soil my records.

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