APC kicks as PDP sweeps Abia council poll
By Steve Oko
The All Progressives Alliance, APC, in Aba State, has rejected the result of the local government polls held in the state on Friday.
APC alleged that the result of the poll which was swept by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The PDP according to the result published by the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission, ABSIEC won all 17 LGAs.
The party also won 2187 Councillorship seats, leaving the Labour Party (LP) to win four Councillorship positions.
Chairman of ABSIEC, Professor Mkpa Agu Mkpa who announced the result said APC and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) did not win any seat.
In a swift response, APC Chairman, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, alleged that the outcome of the poll was manipulated in favour of the PDP.
” We reject the result because it was heavily rigged and falsified by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP”, he alleged.
According to him, areas where APC showed strength and strong presence were the same areas where PDP candidates were declared winner”.
Meanwhile Senator Mao Ohuabunwa has renewed call for full financial autonomy of LGAs in the country.
The former Speaker ECOWAS Parliament who made the call after casting his ballots at his Atani Arochukwu polling unit in the Abia State LGA election, said real development could only be witnessed at the third tier of government when councils have unfettered access to their funds.
Senator Ohuabunwa regretted that despite the growing clamour for full financial autonomy for LGAs in the country those who benefit from the current system have made its realisation difficult.
The former Senate Committee Chairman on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conduct of the Chairmanship and counselorship election.
He commended the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission, ABSIEC for the peaceful conduct of the exercise in his ward and expressed optimistism the election would also be peaceful through out the state.
Ohuabunwa appealed to participants to accept the outcome of the election when the results would be announced.