Candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have been announced winners of 13 local government chairmanship seats so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Taraba state.
Premium Times reports that the PDP also won all the local government chairmanship and councillorship seats in neighbouring Gombe state.
The Chairman of the Taraba commission Philip Duwe announced the results of the Saturday, February 25 council polls in Jalingo on Sunday, February 26.
Duwe declared Mohammed Umar as Chairman-elect of Gashaka, Nicholas Waniyafiwani, Lau; Abdul Boboji, Jalingo; and Danladi Suntai as Chairman-elect of Bali Local Government.
Others are Salisu Dogo for Ardo-Kola, Joseph Mika for Yorro, Adi Daniel for Wukari, Christopher Koshombo for Zing, Yahuza Yahaya for Gassol and Nashuka Musa for Donga.
Also, Shiban Tikari was declared as chairman-elect for Takum, Stephen Agya for Kurmi and Rimansikwe Karma for Ussa.
More results are still being collated at press time.
Meanwhile, in Rivers, INEC declared the PDP as the winner of the rerun election for Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in Rivers state.
PDP’s candidate in the electorate Jerome Eke polled 15,221 ahead of his APC counterpart Ogbonna Nwuke’s 6,220.
The electoral body’s returning officer Professor Olushola Omotayo declared the results of the election held on Saturday, February 25 at the INEC collation centre in Okehi, Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The PDP also beat the APC in the election for Etche Constituency II, polling 4,210 votes to APC’s 1,070.
The PDP has congratulated the winners and thanked Rivers state residents for preventing rigging of the rerun elections.
The statement acquired by NAIJ.com read: "We congratulates Chief Jerome Eke and Mr. Tony Ejiogu on their successes at the just concluded Rivers legislative rerun elections.
"Chief Jerome Eke of PDP won the Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency of Rivers state with 15,221 votes defeating Mr. Ogbonna of APC. While Mr. Tony Ejiogu of the PDP also won the Etche State Constituency 2, defeating his closest rival, Mr. Golden of the APC.
"We thank the electorates in Etche/Omuma Constituencies for again standing against rigging and oppression of APC-led government.
"Rivers state is home of the PDP and no amount of intimidation and harassment will stop the people from voting the PDP in all elections.
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"We also congratulates all the PDP LGA Chairmen and councilors in Taraba and Gombe states respectively in the just concluded LGA elections.
"PDP remains the only national party in Nigeria and we must all work together to resist the interference of APC in our affairs."
Meanwhile, fear of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP has gripped leaders of the Ahmed Makarfi faction in Delta state.
This is so as the party leaders, including the state governor Ifeanyi Okowa, are becoming jittery as there are fears that the party structure led by Kingsley Esiso, the PDP Delta state chairman, could be dismantled by the Sheriff faction if the Supreme Court eventually proclaims victory for the Sheriff group.