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APC sweeps Jigawa council polls ‘unopposed’


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission, JISIEC, on Sunday declared as winners, APC chairmanship candidates in all the 27 Local Government Areas of the state that contested Saturday’s council polls.

Chairman of JISIEC, Ahmed Sani, said in a statement in Dutse, said the APC candidates won the elections “unopposed.”

It said that the election was conducted in line with the electoral laws, adding that all the candidates were declared winners by Returning Officers in their respective local government areas.

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The commission thanked security agencies and relevant stakeholders for their support before, during and after the polls.

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The APC candidates declared winners were Alhaji Umar Musa, Auyo Local Government Council; Hudu Babangida, Buji Council; Muhammad Sani, Babura, Muhammad Dole, Birniwa, Muhammad Abdullahi, Birninkudu; Ibrahim Yargaba, Dutse, Ibrahim Ya’u, Gagarawa, Aminu Gumel, Gumel, Gali Muktar, Garki, and AbdulMalik Fagam, Gwaram.

Also declared were Jaji Adiyani, Guri, Abdullahi Daurawa, Gwiwa, Ibrahim Muhammad, Hadejia, Sa’idu Abdu, Jahun, Ahmad Marke, Kaugama, Salisu Garba, Kirkasama, Isyaku Adamu, (Kiyawa, Garba Abdullahi, Kafinhausa, and Jamilu Zaki, Kazaure.

Others were Sani Dahiru, Maigatari, Muhammad Agufa,  Miga, Sabo Musa, Malammadori, Salisu Sani, Roni, Abdulrashid Illa, Ringim, Jafaru Mohammed, Suletankarkar, Abdulmajid Isma’il, Taura, Dauda Dan-Auwa, Yankwashi, and Jaji Adiyani, Guri.

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The opposition parties in the state had boycotted the election, citing a court injunction stopping the conduct of the polls.

A Federal High Court had on June 12, issued an order restraining JSIEC from conducting the elections, pending the determination of a case before it.

However, the State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, told newsmen on Saturday after casting his vote that he was not aware of any such court order.

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Reacting to the declaration of the result, a former gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the state, Malam Aminu Ringim, described the election as an illegal exercise.

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“As law-abiding citizens, we did not participate in the election because of the court order, so this is an illegal election.

“We are therefore waiting till Sept.20, the date the court has set aside to hear the substantive case we filed before it,” he said.


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