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APC protest cancellation of Jigawa Local government polls

21 January 2014, 11:21

Hadejia - Members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Hadejia, Jigawa, on Monday expressed concern on the cancellation of the council polls in the area.

The elections was conducted in the state on January 18 but the State Electoral Commission (JISIEC) announced the   cancellation of the exercise in Hadejia and Malammadori Local Government Areas.

The commission hinged its decision on alleged irregularities during voting and disturbances, which made  compilation of result impossible in the affected areas.

However, a cross section of the party supporters, in separate interviews, described the action as "unfortunate''.

Umaru Adamu, an APC stalwart, said the action had disenfranchised the electorate and dashed their confidence in the electoral process.

"The electoral commission erred in its decision. This has affected its credibility.

"The electoral body should be fair and declare the winner rather than denying the people their civic rights,'' he said.

Muhammad Gabi, the Secretary, Election Committee of the APC, said the party would protest against the cancellation of the exercise.

Gabi said APC supporters in the area were not happy with the cancellation, adding that they would await further directive from the  state's secretariat of the party.

When contacted,  the PDP chairman in Hadejia, Abubakar Danyaro, declined comment on the issue.

NAN reports that security in Hadejia and Malammadori was beeped up with the deployment of soldiers and policemen to strategic places in the towns.

Normal activities have however continued in the town as schools, banks, businesses and offices opened for normal services.



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