APC wins 23 chairmanship positions in Benue State council election
Political parties demand cancellation of polls
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State has won all 23 chairmanship positions in the Saturday, June 3, 2017 local councils election just as it won 186 councillorship slots.
Eight political parties namely the Accord Party, ACD, APC, CPP, LP, NNP, PDP and SDP contested the elections.Chairman of BSIEC, John Tsuwa said the results reflected the true wishes of Benue people at the polls, which he described as the most peaceful and credible election in the state since the return of democracy in the country and Benue in particular.
Meanwhile, political parties under the auspices of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) yesterday rejected the process and the outcome of the Saturday’s local council election in Benue.
The parties described the election as a rape of democracy and the rubbishing of every tenet of free, fair and credible election at the local government level”.A statement by its Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, it demanded a cancellation of the results, alleging that, “the process was tailored by the BSIEC and the APC in collaboration with Governor Samuel Ortom to produce APC chairmen in the state irrespective of the people’s choice.
“Voters apathy marred the election in all the 23 local councils of state on Saturday, which resulted in low turnout of voters across clearly indicating that the people rejected the process and a remarkable statement that the result of the election is a fraud.
“We, therefore, call on the National Assembly, the international community and all well-meaning Nigerians to take note of the manipulation of election by the state government.“For us, no elections took place in Benue on Saturday and we demand immediate cancellation of the election,” the CNPP added.
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