Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Kaduna LG Poll - Electoral Body Voids PDP's Victory in Soba

There are conflicting accounts over the outcome of last Saturday's council poll in Soba local government area of Kaduna State. The news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) earlier reported that the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM) on Sunday declared Alhaji Kawu Ibrahim-Yakasai of the PDP as the winner of Saturday's election for the chairmanship of Soba Local Government Council.

NAN had quoted Malam Aliyu Haruna, the Returning Officer, as declaring that Ibrahim-Yakasai of the PDP polled 62, 170 votes to defeat Alhaji Hassan Abdullahi of the CPC, who got 20, 143 votes

The earlier result also indicated that the PDP also won eight councillorship seats, while the CPC won one seat.

But, the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commis-sion (SIECOM) has reportedly cancelled Saturday's election conducted in Soba Local Government Area of the state.

The cancellation is said to have followed series of complaints by PDP and CPC on alleged disappearance of form "A" meant for compilation and announcement of final result.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that both participating parties (PDP and CPC) accused the electoral officer, Malam Umar Nuhu, of connivance.

The complaints drew the attention of Alhaji AbdulKadir Aliyu-Idewu, the Electoral Commissioner in-charge of Northern Kaduna senatorial district, who visited the area and summoned an urgent meeting.

The closed-door meeting was attended by the accused electoral officer, representatives of both parties, security agents and the Interim Management Committee Chairman, Alhaji Rilwanu Shehu.

After the meeting, the commissioner declared that following the disappearance of the form meant for recording and declaring the election result, the election had been cancelled.

Aliyu-Idewu said a new date for fresh election in the local government would be announced by SIECOM.

Speaking after the cancellation, the Interim Management Committee Chairman urged the people of the area to be patient and to remain calm and continue to be law abiding.

He lauded the people for conducting themselves pea-cefully during and after the poll, attributing what happened to an "in-house problem in Soba Local Government.

With Agency Reports

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