Results from last Saturday’s local government election in Taraba State have shown that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won 15 of the 16 councils in the state.
The election in Ibi Local Government Area was suspended because of violence.
Announcing the results on Monday, the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Dr Philip Duwe, said the PDP won the chairmanship seats in 15 councils and almost all the councillorship positions.
A breakdown of the results showed that PDP won the chairmanship seat in Bali Council with 68, 691 votes while the APC polled 10,330 votes. In Gassol, the PDP polled 104,279 votes while the APC scored 11,266 votes.
In Lau, the PDP led with a total of 32,779 votes while APC had 6,278 votes. Ardo Kola gave PDP 18,234 and APC received 6,590 votes.
In Gashaka, the PDP won with 35,158 votes while the APC polled 2,555 votes. In Jalingo, the PDP led with 48,322 votes while APC scored 7,235 votes.
In Takum, the PDP won the chairmanship seat with 81,051 votes to defeat the opposition APC which had 1,859 votes.
In Ussa Council, the PDP scored 35,290 votes and APC received 2,568 votes. In Zing, the PDP won with 36,915 votes while APC got 8,956 votes.
In Yorro, the PDP scored 22,492 votes to defeat APC which received 6,441 votes. In Wukari, the PDP won the election with 78,373 votes while APC scored 34,152.
In Donga, PDP polled 64,971 votes to defeat APC with 11,758 votes. In Kurmi Council, PDP won with a total of 32,290 votes, while APC scored 3,411 votes. In Sardauna, PDP poled 41,325 votes to displaced APC who scored 19,098 votes.
In Karim Lamido where The AUTHORITY monitored the election, PDP’s Idi Marlli Danfulani won with a landmark 66,155 votes while SDP and APC polled 2,062 and 18,860 votes respectively.
In Ibi Council where the election was cancelled due to violence on election day, SIEC alleged that APC loyalists insisted that the returning officer must appear before the process would commence even though the materials were on ground.
According to Duwe, thousands of youths besieged the Divisional Police Headquarters in Ibi where materials were kept and held security personnel and election officials hostage. He said that a serving commissioner from the area, Iliyasu Ajibu, narrowly escaped death while his Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) was set ablaze.
Speaking for the 10 accredited domestic observers, Ambassador Charles Okafor, advised the commission to improve on political education and pre-election sensitisation and awareness in future elections.