The All Progressives Congress, APC has won all chairmanship and councillorship seats so far announced in the Katsina State Local government elections held yesterday, defeating eleven other parties that contested in the elections.
Announcing the results at the headquarters of the State Independent Electoral Commission in Katsina, its chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Bako said only the elections in Dutsinma, Daura, Funtua, and Kankia were canceled due to some challenges encountered during the elections.
He said a later date will be announced for a repeat of the elections in these areas, while certificates of return will be presented to the winners in the elections.
The state police command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah told Radio Nigeria that based on the command’s assessment the election was peaceful and orderly.
Meanwhile the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have traded words over the conduct of the election.
Briefing newsmen at his hometown of Dutsinma, the opposition party leader and former governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, described the election as unsatisfactory.
In its reaction, the ruling APC described PDP’s position over the conduct of the election as an attempt to discredit the process in anticipation of a poor outing in the election.
Meanwhile, the state independent electoral commission will later in the day present certificates of return to the winners in the election and possibly announce a new dates for the repeat of elections in the four local government areas where the election was cancelled.
Reporting by Isma’il Adamu, editing by Daniel Adejo