Taraba NNPP boss decries LG polls’ results declared by TSIEC


By Okerafor Athanasius

The Chairman of the Taraba State chapter of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Hon. Abdullahi Ade has expressed worry over the Results of the November 18 Local Government Election declared by the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC).

Hon. Ade said, declaring the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winners of all the Chairmanship Seats in an Election where other Political Parties participated is unfortunate.

Ade addressed Reporters yesterday at NNPP State Secretariat in Jalingo, the state capital.

Expressing disappointment further NNPP Chairman disclosed that some time ago, similar Elections were conducted across the State by the same Electoral Commission where about three opposition Political Parties won Chairmanship Seats and they were declared winners.

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“What TSIEC Chairman did this time has never happened before but that did not bother me. We did all we could as an Opposition Political Party to participate in the Election.

“The Chairman of TSIEC did not fulfill his earlier promises of conducting free, fair and transparent polls, i.e being fair to all Political Parties”, he said.

According to him, going to Court is a waste of time because the same story would be told.

“There’s no need heading to Court or Tribunal because we will hear the same story, it’s their turn and very soon our own turn will come”,

“My call to our esteemed Supporters and members of our great Party is to be calm and be law-abiding, they should live in Peace with everybody”, he added.

On his part, the Chairman TSIEC, Dr. (Chief) Philip Duwe said the Commission provided the necessary logistics and insisted that Elections must hold as scheduled.

Towards ensuring a peaceful and transparent exercise, Duwe explained that two days to the election, all materials needed were transported to the various Local Governments stressing that the materials were rationed at Local Government by Local Government.

TSIEC Chairman also emphasized that during the Elections some Electorates voted, while others chose not to vote, some Political Parties participated in the Election, others chose not to participate.

“The Results of the November 18 2023 Chairmanship Elections were announced at the various Local Government Collation Centres while that of the Councillors were announced at the Wards’ Collation Centres. What TSIEC did at its Office in Jalingo was to confirm the Results already announced at those levels”, said Duwe.

He added that throughout the Exercise, there were no records of kidnapping, Ballot Papers snatching, banditry, among others.

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