Controversy as PDP wins Gombe local council’s poll
The Chairman of Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC), Mr. Caleb Maina, yesterday declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the local council’s poll held on Saturday.
Maina told journalists after receiving the results of 11 returning officers that the election was conducted peacefully.
However, the Coalition of Opposition Political Parties has rejected the results, which they described as a sham.
Addressing newsmen in Gombe on behalf of the coalition, the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Idi Barde Gubana, said election did not hold in the entire local council areas of the state.
He said: “Despite the huge amount of tax payers’ money that was spent by the commission, election did not hold in any of the 11 local council areas.”
The coalition urged GOSIEC to refund the money that it collected from candidates of the opposition parties who participated in the election.
Gubana also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the misappropriation of public funds alleged against the GOSIEC.
The Guardian learnt that the election witnessed low voters’ turnout, just as electoral materials were not delivered to several polling units.
But, GOSIEC Commissioner for Public Affairs, Mr. Kalagar Kudi Lubo, explained that security threats delayed the distribution of sensitive materials to polling units.