The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State has described the declaration of winners of Local Government Council elections in the State by the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) which the party said was aided by Governor Simon Lalong as an “executive rascality”.
The PDP also described the elections as the worst in history of local government elections in the country.
The Party advised the chairmen and councillors declared by PLASIEC,
“not to celebrate because they were not elected by the people but rather appointed”.
VELOXNEWS recalls that, on Sunday, the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC had announced the result of the local government elections conducted on Saturday, the 9th of October, 2021, with the ruling All Progressives Congress candidates winning all the chairmanship and councillorship positions in State.
Announcing the result in the present of stakeholders at its headquarters in Jos, the Chairman of PLASIEC, Mr. Fabian Ntung said, “the APC won all the chairmanship seats in the 17 local Government Area of the State.
Similar, the PLASIEC Chairman also announced that, “All the 325 councillorship positions across the 325 wards in the 17 local government Area were also won by the APC”
Plateau LG Polls: PLASIEC wants to exclude PDP from elections – Party cries out
Briefing journalists at the party secretariat in Jos, the State Capital, Publicity Secretary of the PDP, John Akans, described the polls conducted in the State as an “appointment and rape of democracy”.
“Today I am addressing you on the most unfortunate and disgraceful conduct of the 9th October 2021 polls, in the name of an election. This indeed is the most horrible act of fascism.
He said, “As a party, we are mindful of the fact that the people of Plateau are looking up to the PDP to salvage them from this political despotic and oppressive leadership. It is therefore our duty to ensure that the local government election was conducted fairly in the interest of the people who deserve a voice in governance without exclusion.
“It was on the basis of this that the party went to court to seek justice when Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission unlawfully excluded the party from participating in the election”, he explained.
“It may interest you all to know that it was the resolute stance of the Peoples Democratic Party not to compromise the interest of our people and the integrity of our democratic values by allowing Governor Lalong through his self-appointed cronies at PLASIEC to play over the people’s intelligence, that has led to this imperious, and disgraceful show of shame, of the so-called elections of Saturday 9th of October 2021, which was massively rejected by the people of the state.
“Indeed the people have spoken and have demonstrated that APC is not a political party, but an association of family and friends. The power of the people was clearly displayed in action across the 325 electoral wards of Plateau where majority of the electorates boycotted the exercise over the unlawful exclusion of the PDP from participating in the election by PLASIEC.
“We, therefore, appreciate the people of the state for their protest over the unlawful exclusion of the PDP. We assure Plateau people that this antics of desperate politicians who are already intimidated and threatened by the rising popularity of the PDP would be vehemently resisted,” he maintained.
Akans urged supporters and members of the party, to remain steadfast and committed.
According to him, “The announcement of winners by PLASIEC yesterday and the action of governor Lalong can only be described as executive rascality. This is the worst local government election in the history of Nigeria.
“In warfare,/a battle is either won or lost. As a party that respects the rule of law, we are pursuing our course to participate in the local govt elections at the court of appeal.
“We expect that PLASIEC would have waited for the decision of the court of appeal on this matter. It’s surprising to see that PLASIEC that is a party to this suit and was well represented in court, announced its shameful appointees as winners when the matter was adjourned for 22nd of November 2021,” he decried.
“Governor Lalong and his election merchant team may just be grandstanding in a wild flight of fantasy just for psychological relief in order to give a false hope of judicial victory instead of uncertainty of where the pendulum of justice swings.
“So we advise those declared by PLASIEC as winners not to celebrate because they were not elected by the people but rather appointed by despotic leadership and this scam will lead to nowhere, as plateau people cannot be scammed again”, Akans stressed.
Plateau LG polls: It’s an appointment, executive rascality, rape of democracy – PDP