EARLY results from the just concluded local government election in Kaduna State on Sunday, favoured the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but Kaduna North Local Government area where Vice President Namadi Sambo was registered, remained in the grip of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPP).
Kaduna North was the hot bed of politics in the state and had, in recent times, remained a stronghold of the CPC, despite being the seat of power in the state.
Although the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM) had cancelled its scheduled press conference twice, insisting that it was still awaiting the result from Vice-President Sambo’s council, it was celebration galore for CPC members in all nooks and crannies of Kaduna North, as the news spread that the candidate of the party, Alhaji Suleiman Samaila, had defeated PDP’s Balan Goggo for the post of chairman of the Kaduna North Local Government Area.
However, the PDP was reported to have won in 22 local government areas in the state, with the exception of Kaduna North.
This development had caused upsets, especially within the PDP circle and had reignited the debate on whether Sambo’s political camp in Kaduna could still boast of having any electoral value that might ensure victory in subsequent elections.
In Southern Kadunawhere Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa hails from, PDP had won all the Local Government areas while the result was same in Kaduna North Senatorial District where Senator Ahmed Makarfi was in control.
At Camp Road 005 polling unit where the vice-president was expected to vote on Saturday, he was conspicuously absent, but news came later that he was in the United Kingdom (UK) for an official assignment.
As of time of filing this report, newsmen were told that officials of SIECOM were not yet prepared to announce the official result, a development that made hundreds of journalists earlier invited for a briefing at the SIECOM headquarters in Kaduna to walk out of the premises in anger.
Chairman of SIECOM in Kaduna State, Hannatu Binniyat,WWW who was to officially announce the result of the election and had invited the press through her media officers, appeared not ready and could not be seen in the premises.
However, PDP chieftains were spotted near the office eagerly awaiting for the announcement of the official result, amidst tight security.
Commenting on the outcome of the election, Senator Mohammed Saleh, representing Kaduna Central senatorial district on the ticket of the CPC said, “as you can see, there is late distribution of voting materials, but since I am not a member of the SIECOM I don’t know what is responsible for it.
They had several months to prepare for this election, and I don’t know whether it is inefficiency or simply an attempt to rig the election, it is either of the two, anyway. It cannot be otherwise. It is either designed to rig the election or crash inefficiency on the part of SIECOM.”