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Results of 16 local governments so far announced in Saturday’s local government elections in Kaduna State has shown that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the Chairmanship and Councilorship seats in 13 local governments.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the other hand has three one local government so far.
The results were announced in the various local governments and were monitored by our corespondents.
Kaduna has 23 local government councils but elections were suspended in 2 councils.
The APC won in mainly northern and central parts of the state but was able to win one local government in the south.
The LGs won by APC are, Soba, Zaria, Lere, Ikara, Makarfi, Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Kagarko, Kudan, Igabi, Kajuru and Kaduna North local councils.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has however won the chairmanship and councillorship election in Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Sanga Local Government Areas of the state.
The Returning Officer for Zangon Kataf, Danjuma Baye-Luka, announced the results on Sunday morning in Zonkwa.
He said Elias Maza of the PDP scored 55,643 votes to defeat APC’s John Hassan who polled 31,514 votes.
The council elections were conducted using electronic voting machines in the area.
In Zaria, APC polled 42859 votes, while PDP got 16033. In Soba, APC got 40903, while PDP scored 13835.
In Kaduna North, Saleh Shu’aibu of the APC emerged winner.
Announcing the results of the polls, the local government election returning officer, Umar Hayatu, said the APC has won with total of 168,572 votes.
Shuaibu beat Muhammad Sabo Babayaro of the Peoples Democratic Party who got 12,467 votes.
Kaduna North is Governor Nasiru El-Rufai’s local government area.
The PDP in Jema’a local government area however raised concerns over alleged plans by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to manipulate results of local government elections in its favour.
Member, representing Jema’ a/ Sanga Federal constituency, Shehu N. Garba disclosed this to newsmen in Kafanchan, Sunday, saying that their party learnt that the eight Returning Officers who were yet to bring their results to the collation center in Kafanchan were in Kaduna.
“We all know that PDP swept the election in 10 out of 12 wards in Jema’ a Local Government. Therefore we are calling on the government to honour due process and respect what people decided for themselves.”
“This plans is only tantamount to gross act of electoral malpractice and we hereby condemn it in its totality.
When contacted, Mr Harold Makeri, Returning Officer for Jema’a local government said rules of elections were very clear as such, anyone acting contrary was only doing that at their own risk.
Makeri said he is only answerable to KAD-SIECOM explaining that only four results in four wards had so far been returned, adding that winners can not be announced.
This is the first time a state has adopted the use of electronic machines to conduct elections in Nigeria.
The atmosphere in the state was calm as results in other councils are still being awaited.