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Kwara LG election: Not free, fair nor credible – Ajisafe

*Action Democratic Party state case

*We were robbed in our strongholds

Comrade Adeshina Ajisafe, the State Chairman of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the state signed the statement that the four opposition political parties including the Action Democratic Party went ahead to instigate the legal action against the KWSIEC, its chairman and the state government on the allegation of being biased.

Prior to the 18th November Local government in the state, there was an indication through the action of the KWSIEC chairman, Dr Uthman Abdulrahman Ajidagba, who went ahead on air with the ruling party in the state (APC), the party which is also participating in LG poll declaring support for the party through his utterance.

Despite the substantive facts and evidences advanced by the applicants’ counsels in the court, the lawsuit was quenched by the judge who was actually vindicated in favour of the ruling party.

Going to the election proper in Edu and Patigi LGs where our party fielded chairmanship and counsellorship candidates respectively, the election was marred with series of irregularities and impunities ranging from multiple voting, snatching of ballot boxes, intimidation of our party stalwarts.

In the early arrival of the electoral officials to Tsaragi ward III, one ballot box was missing and this was perpetrated by APC. Several cases of multiple voting, stuffing of ballot papers were reported by our agents with factual evidences.

Here was a case of threat and intimidation against our party stalwarts in Shonga to the extent that 28 out 29 polling units in the area were claimed to have been won by the APC with zero vote recorded for our party in those polling units;

Reasonably, this is suspicious. In Bacita, there were two cases of ballot boxes snatching. Infact, election did not commence in that point until 2:00pm and it lasted till dusk.

In Lafiagi wards 1 and  2, election didn’t hold due to the crisis in the area on the eve of the election day. Also, electoral officials from various polling units did not return to the LG collation centre in Lafiagi instead they diverted the ballot boxes alongside the APC to unknown place with the help of security personnel.

In all, the election was not free and fair not alone to be credible due to the series of ill-practices perpetrated by electoral officials, the ruling party and the security personnel who rendered parochial service to APC at the detriment of the opposition political parties among which is our great party- ADP.

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