Gombe LG election not fair – PDP
Chima Azubuike, Gombe
People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has spoken shortly after suffering defeat in the December 19, local government election, saying the recently conducted poll lacks credibility.
Chairman of the state chapter of the opposition party, Major General A. K Kwaskebe (retd), disclosed this to newsmen at a briefing, held at the party Secretariat on Sunday.
Kwaskebe condemned the entire process describing it as “flagrant mockery of our hard earned democracy.”
He stated that the PDP, awaits the directive of the National secretariat for next action that may include litigations.
Kwaskebe explained that, “There are 2,218 polling units across the state, our party agents were all deployed to all these polling units but almost all have reported that election did not hold in these polling units because no election materials or officials of GOSIEC were seen there to conduct the election.
“Similarly, none of the PDP representative was allowed to see or escort any sensitive election materials to there various destinations.
“It is not a hidden secret that local government election did not take place in Gombe State because GOSIEC and the state government did not prepare to conduct a free and fair election.
“We are highly disappointed in the state electoral Commission that threw cautions into the wind and aid this show of shame, flagrant mockery of our hard earned democracy.”
According to him, “if you watch the video clip of announcement of results of the so-called election, you will notice a clear manifestation of lack of expertise by the chairman of GOSIEC where the names of the candidates were announced as winners without mentioning the number of votes scored by each of them.
“This is not only embarrassing but an insult on the sensibilities of the good people of Gombe State.”