• PDP clears 22 council areas
From ISMAIL OMIPIDAN and NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) yesterday won Kaduna North in the local government election organised by the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) which announced the result.
There was tention prior to the release of the Kaduna North result which is the CPC’s stronghold. It is the council area where Vice President Namadi Sambo hailed from.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the other 22 local government areas.
Twice, the SIEC changed the time it originally set to announce the results of the outcome of the election, held in the 23 local government areas last Saturday.
Daily Sun learnt that of the 23 councils, PDP won all but one. Incidentally, the only one it lost, headquarters of which is within the Kaduna metropolis, is where Vice President Namadi Sambo resides, a place, political observers believed, is the strongest base of the CPC in the state.
Recall that during the April 2011 general election, Vice President Sambo lost the National Assembly, presidential and governorship elections in his ward, within the council area.
Traditionally too, since 1999, except in some controversial circumstances, Kaduna North has always fallen to the opposition, in the state House of Assembly, House of Representatives and council elections.
Indications that all was not well over the result of Kaduna North Local Government Area election first emerged yesterday afternoon when a respected Kaduna resident, who was sympathetic to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, gave Daily Sun an information. The source was purportedly coming from a meeting over the alleged plans by Boko Haram to unleash terror on the state, if the outcome of the election does not favour a particular political party.
Although, the resident did not mention the name of the political party, but said: “The information that came in was that they might either disrupt the local government election or the inauguration. They were targeting that if a certain party did not win a number of local government they will strike. So we are waiting, may be if the result of the elections come out, their threat may be true or it may not be true.
“They are going about in a car with a plate number (withheld), a Kano plate number, they are moving about in an expensive car, there are different versions of the plate numbers. We want to catch them, they are here in Kaduna, and they want to stop the peace of Kaduna by all means.
“According to the information reaching us, they said they want to make Kaduna unsettled as Maiduguri. Fortunately, the security in Kaduna is very tight, irrespective of what happened in Jaji.”
As at press time, CPC supporters were already spoiling for a showdown, in case SIEC decided to carry out its alleged plan.
Meanwhile, journalists in Kaduna yesterday walked out on the SIEC over non-release of the local government election results conducted last Saturday in the 23 council areas.
Reporters were kept waiting from 2pm till 7 pm, yet there was no sign of releasing the result at press time, just as SIEC officials showed no concern to the waiting journalists.
All efforts to know the state of the result and when it would actually be released was met with a brickwall as the SIEC Chairman, Mrs Hannatu Biniyat was not addressing newsmen.
However, SIEC sources said she was waiting for a directive from above on whether to announce the result or not as Kaduna North where Sambo hails from was said to have been lost to the opposition.
One Suleiman Sumaila of the CPC was said to have defeated Bala Dangogo of the PDP for the Kaduna North chairmanship.
Also, the ruling PDP may have cleared 22 of the 23 local governments, which had created fear of possible breakdown of law and order as earlier threatened by the opposition parties.
Some SEIC officials said the report could not be announced due to an electrical fault in the conference hall, while others said the result of Kaduna North was being awaited before the entire results could be announced.
Only returning officers from Kaduna North and Chikun local government areas were said to have delayed in turning in their results at the commission.