Published On: Wed, Apr 17th, 2019

PDP Stakeholders Tell Jaba LGA Chair To Vacate Seat

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By Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), in Jaba Local Government Area, have called on the newly sworn-in chairman of the Council, Mr Benjamin Jock to immediately vacate the seat.
They claim he occupies it illegally.
The Group stated this during a press conference held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to them, the Jaba people outrightly gave their mandate to Hon. Philip Gwada, but the All Progressives Congress Party, (APC), in conjunction with the the state Governor, Mallam Nasir El’Rufai truncated the people’s mandate.
Speaking on behalf of the group, a former member of House of Representatives representing Jaba/Zango Kataf federal constituency, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya, said Jaba LGA is worst-hit in terms of gross violation of elections procedure and conduct.
“We were made to vote twice, one on the 12th of May 2018, and then on the 6th of June 2018. While the May 12th Election was about being concluded a directive from the Governor’s office forced the election to be cancelled, over a fictitious allegations of violence.
“The history of Jaba as a local government has never been associated with violence. Days after this false alarm, the world saw that not a single human being in Jaba was molested because of the election.
“Before the hurried and panick induced cancellation, PDP was winning in all the wards and the collated results before the unwarranted cancellation showed that PDP was ahead with 10,594 votes as against APC trailing far behind with 3,062 votes.
“As the peace loving people we are known for, we accepted to repeat the rescheduled election of 6th June 2018. The conduct was again peaceful, witnessed by an unusual heavy presence of the Military, Police force and other paramilitary personnel.
“At the end of collation in all the wards SIECOM Returning officers duly declared the candidates of PDP winners at the various wards and also declared Hon. Philip Gwada winner of the council chairmanship election, on the 7th of June 2018, witnessed by all security personnel, who not only withnessed but signed the relevant portions on the result steps, showing PDP polled 17,967 to defeat APC who polled 7,054.
“To our utter dismay, SIECOM that is suppose to be a neutral arbiter declined to issue the winner his returning certificate and before we knew it, the APC rushed to the tribunal claiming a mandate that they never won.
“To reduce a serious matter to mere comedy was the swearing in of the APC flag bearer few days ago while the matter was yet to be dispensed with at the tribunal,” he said.

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