Kwara LG polls: As PDP upsets APC’ s Tactic
The local government election in Kwara State has come and gone leaving in its trail glee of celebration, condemnation of the conduct and result of the election, as well as arrest and ongoing prosecution of a total of 54 suspected electoral offenders.
Though the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to comment on the conduct of the poll, nor congratulate any of the winners in the election won by its candidates in all the 16 local government areas of the state, the main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the election as a fraud.
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Conducted by the state independent electoral commission KWASIEC, the result of the election declared by the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Uthman Ajidagba, had some upsets, as the ruling APC lost in some polling booths in the Ilorin metropolis, which many people in the state thought it is unthinkable in the history of election in the area.
The opposition party, which said that it won in some other parts of the state, added that there were alleged cases of stuffing of ballot boxes, use of hoodlums to intimidate voters and destruction of ballot papers, among other electoral malpractices..
The development, which was corroborated by the state police command, had it that 54 suspects were allegedly involved in different forms of electoral malpractices during and after local government elections in the state.
Speaking during parade of the suspects, who include the assistant publicity secretary of the PDP and a collation officer, the commissioner of police, Lawan Ado, said that their offence include destruction and burning of ballot papers.
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