APC sweeps LG and LCDA polls in Ondo

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the 57 chairmanship and 346 Councillorship seats in the just concluded elections into the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won a councillorship seat at Ona Otun, Igbogila Ward in Yewa South Local Government and the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) won two councillorship seats in Oke Odan ward in Ifesowapo LCDA and another at Omu ward in Leguru LCDA.

Announcing the results of the election, the Chairman of OGSIEC, Alhaja Risikat Ogunfemi, who spoke through the Commissioner III, Mr. Mutiu Agboke, said that the electoral body had discharged the responsibility placed on it well.

The APC came first, while the UPN came second and PDP third in the election that was contested for by 17 registered political parties.

She said that the election was conducted to in a free, fair and peaceful manner, but acknowledged that there were reports of skirmishes in some areas.

Ogunfemi reiterated the Commission’s resolve to continue to be an unbaised umpire.

The Commission’s chairman appreciated the people of the state in ensuring the success of the election, while saying that anyone that was not satisfied with the conducted of the election should approach the Local Government Election Petition Tribunal that would be constituted by the authorities concerned.

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“The call for cancellation of any electoral process is not unusual. ‎The job of an umpire is not an herculean task, no matter, any good arrangements put in place.

“Election is a legal matter. The Commission has publicised the results which had been declared by our Electoral Officers at various LGs. The Election Petition Tribunal will be constituted by the authority concerned, at an appointed time and anyone that is aggrieved or has any issue on the conduct of the election should seek redress before it.

“On our part, we have discharged a statutory responsibility placed on us and we could say that the election was a credible one.”

The team leader, Body of Coalition of Observers in the state, Comrade Yinka Folarin, adjudged the election as a peaceful and credible one.

Folarin explained that the Commission should improve more on the success recorded in the election in subsequent ones.

Also, the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) described the election as transparent and all inclusive, saying that OGSIEC provided a level playing field before, during and after the election.

The body condemned instances of snatching of ballot boxes and intimidation of voters and also commend security agencies for not allowing the situation to degenerate.

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