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Kwara LG polls: Protest greets announcement of results

*APC wins all 16 Chairmanship seat

*Change is feasible and better positioned for 2019 – Akogun Oyedepo

Pundits, followers, politicians, activists and citizens of Kwara State including the core and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday staged a peaceful protest over the conduct of the weekend local government councils elections held in the state.

Meanwhile, the Kwara state Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) Sunday declared chairmanship candidates of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) winners of the last Saturday council elections in all the 16 local government areas of the state

The aggrieved party members and citizens of the state strongly alleged that the elections were marred with manipulations and electoral malpractices in all the 183 wards and 16 local government councils of the state.

However, the detachment of anti-riot mobile policemen and soldiers were drafted on the streets of the state capital. This is the sign that they prepared to announce a prepared result which did not reflect the wishes of the people at the poll.

The state Chairman of PDP, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, who spoke in Ilorin, displayed scores of ballot papers seized from members of All Progressives Congress (APC) across the state in an attempt to rig the elections, saying some of the political leaders were defeated at their polling units.

Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo Kwara PDP Chairman...release my members after stealing our votes
Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo Kwara PDP Chairman…release my members after stealing our votes

Oyedepo, who called for the release of his members from police detention, said his party does not believe in the results to be announced by KWASIEC and the judiciary, adding that the party with its outstanding performance had made strong statement ahead of the 2019 elections.

He said the opposition members are battle-ready to unseat the present government in 2019 elections, saying the outcome of the local governments elections which would further be improved on are testimonies to that fact.

Similarly in a statement by the Secretary to the Sate Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, yesterday condemned the protests and called on all citizens and residents of the state to remain calm and law-abiding and await the results of the elections

Alhaji Gold commended the peaceful conduct of Saturday’s local government elections in the state and urged all law abiding citizens to calmly await the release of the official results of the elections.

Also, the state police command in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, urged parents and guardians to caution their wards against any unlawful protest.

Protesters on the streets of Ilorin after the results were announced
Protesters on the streets of Ilorin after the results were announced

While urging law abiding citizens to go about their normal activities without fear as security agencies are on standby to forestall any threat to public peace no matter the intentions or identity of those behind such actions.
‘Those seeking to use the election as an excuse to instigate public disorder should have a rethink as anyone apprehended for such actions will face the full weight of the law

‎’’The unlawful processions of some miscreants and political thugs in some parts of Ilorin Metropolis over the Local government elections i‎s unacceptable. It is noteworthy that the election was generally peaceful throughout the state, the results are yet to be officially announced, and opportunities are available for any aggrieved party to ventilate their grievance through judicial means.

‘The command is therefore using this medium to advice parents and guardians to call their children and wards to order, as the Command is fully prepared to deal with anybody arrested for causing breach of peace,” the statement concluded.

The commission’ chairman, Dr Usman Ajidagba who announced the results Sunday night said APC won 181 councillorship seats while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 8.

He said that 4 councillorship seats were inconclusive in Ilorin West, Moro and Edu local government areas.

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