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Edo LG polls: APC wins in all LGAs, PDP kicks

The All Progressives Congress has won all the chairmanship positions in the 2018 Edo State Local Governments elections.

The APC defeated nine other political parties that fielded candidates in the 18 local government areas.

 Although the opposition Peoples Democratic Party boycotted the election, the results announced showed it received some votes in seven LGAs.

 The other political parties that took part in the exercise were the Democratic Alternative, Democratic Peoples Party, Green Party of Nigeria and the Labour Party.

 Others are the National Conscience Party, Progressive Peoples Alliance, Social Democratic Party, Action Democratic Party and the Peoples for Democratic Change.

The Chairman of the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission, Prof. Stanley Orobator, who announced the results in Benin on Sunday, said that the ruling party got the majority votes in all the councils.

 Details of the results showed that the ruling party secured its highest votes in Etsako West Local Government Area, where the immediate past governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, comes from.

The candidate of the party in the area, Chief Musa Yakubu, scored 69,998 votes.

Orobator said the certificates of return would be ready on Monday.

Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki and the leadership of the APC have expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the election and congratulated the new chairmen.

Obaseki, who spoke shortly after a thanksgiving mass held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin on Sunday, said the new council executives would deepen strategic leadership and development at the grassroots.

“So, we are quite excited and happy and we assure the people of Edo State that the new heads at the local government councils will render services to the people that will surpass what they have seen before.”

But the PDP stated that the election and results announced by the ESIEC were unacceptable.

The state Chairman, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone, said, “No candidate of the PDP picked or returned a form for the election. It (result) shows clearly the inefficiency of the ESIEC, if it still accredited votes to the PDP. In the first place, the PDP had no business on the ballot paper.

“There was no election; what happened yesterday (Saturday) was a reflection of the failure of the APC and the rejection of the APC by the Edo people. The low turnout was unprecedented in the history of voting in Edo State.”

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