The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates have been declared winners of all 15 local government council's chairmanship and 181 councillorship seats in last Saturday's local government elections held in Kwara State.
Announcing the results of the elections in Ilorin yesterday at the state secretariat of the state Independent Electoral Commission(KWASEIC), the chairman of the commission, Dr. Uthman Ajidagba, described the election of chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 15 councils in the state as free and fair.
According to him, "the party's chairmanship candidates in Asa local government council, Mallam Saka Obalana, polled 43,748, while his counterpart in Baruten Local Government area, Mohammed Bio, scored 76,478.
Alhaji Abubakar TShonga of Edu Local Government Council scored 61,291 while his counterpart for Ekiti Local Government Council, Hon. Akintoba Fatigun, got 23,888.
The party's candidate for Ifelodun Local Government Area, Alhaji Babatunde Salami, scored 74,299 and his counterpart for IIorin East Local Government Council, Mr. Abdullateef Okandeji, polled 89,416.
Mr. Usman Ebedi, the PDP candidate for the IIorin South scored 63,267 while his counterpart for IIorin West Local Government Council, Tajudeen Zulu-Oloje, polled 129,885.
The party's candidate's for Irepodun Local Government Area, Mr. Lukman Owolewa scored 41,187 and the candidate for Isin Local Government Council, Mr. Moruf Thanni, got 21,144.
The party's standard bearer for Kaima Local Goverment, Mr. Alhassan Bagudu, scored 43,747, while AbdulGaniyu Ajibola of Moro local government polled 46,493.
The party's candidate for Oke-Ero Local Government Council, Alhaja Aminat Yusuf, got 23,957 while his counterpart for Oyun Local Government, Mr. Jimoh Alao, scored 34,783 and Uthman Mohammed of Patigi Local Government Council polled 36,294.
Ajidagba, however, did not disclosed the scores of the 181 councillorship candidates of the party in the election.
The chairman expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders, royal fathers, the media and the people of the state for their support, which brought about the successful conduct of the election.
Meanwhile, a group of observers who monitored the polls have adjudged it as free, fair, peaceful and credible.
The observers under the aegis of CITAR-NGO, which monitored the elections across the state, applauded its peaceful conduct.
The NGO, in its report, signed by its National Coordinator, Mohammed Lawal, noted that though there were early arrival of election materials and the exercise was generally peaceful.
According to the report made available to journalists in Ilorin yesterday, mass voters also turned out in some wards like Ekan, Imode and Ilofa wards in Oke-Ero Local Government Area as well as Ifelodun Local Government Area.
The report read in part: “In all the 10 local government areas that our team monitored, elections were generally free and fair.
“Our team also noticed substantial compliance with the restriction of movement both within and outside of the Ilorin metropolis.
“We also noticed that there were more female voters than their male counterparts in a good number of the polling units, who turned out to cast their votes.”
The group also commended the security agencies for their neutrality and for maintaining peace and order during the elections.
It advised the state electoral body to “improve in the area of quick and timely deployment of election staff and logistics” and also train and retrain their staff for “greater efficiency.”
“On the scale of random sampling, despite the above shortcomings, it is generally believed that the elections were free, fair, peaceful and credible,” the report stated.