APC Blasts PDP As Violence, Death Mars Enugu Council Polls

Explosions arrests low turn out mark Enugu LG elections

Explosions arrests low turn out mark Enugu LG elections

Mike Ajogwu, SAN, who announced the results at the commission's secretariat in Enugu on Sunday, declared the PDP candidates winners of the chairmanship positions in all the 17 local government areas in the state.

Amaraizu noted that "against the backdrop of rumours that some people were killed in Oji River Local Government Area on Saturday, the command stated that there was no loss of lives in Oji River and throughout the state".

According to him, the PDP also cleared all the councillorship seats.

As APC and HDP were protesting the conduct of the election, which they claimed was a sham, 37 other opposition political parties in the state commended the ENSIEC for conducting a free and fair election. "I'm not aware of any bomb explosions, violence, rigging or mal-practice during the election".

"From our first-hand observation of the election in every part of the state and the interim report, we adjudge the election, free, fair and credible and confirm that it met the minimum requirements of global best practices".

But Monday, 37 of the opposition political parties broke away from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Hope Democratic Party (HDP) to endorse the results as announced by the ENSIEC.

Asked about the danger posed by such elections which pervaded all the states governments and all political parties, Okechukwu retorted: "It makes popular participation at the local government level impossible, hence debasing democracy".

The Chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Dr.

-APC kicks, vows to challenge the election outcome in court.

"Aggrieved candidates should express their grievances in accordance with the electoral law of the State by approaching the local government election tribunal to ventilate their dissatisfaction if any".

Nwoye on his part, said the election was characterised by wild spread violence in nearly all the council areas of the state.

Nwoye who added that there was widespread violence, queried: "even if the ENSIEC does not want to do election, does it worth the blood of anybody?" "Several other persons were wounded during the exercise".

"Enugu State stands out as a reference point in Nigeria where parties have a level playing field to contest local government election without any form of encumbrances such as nomination fees, tax, and screening as opposed to what is obtained in other states of the federation". Augustine Nnamani, PDP applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing a conducive atmosphere for the conduct of the elections.

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