ACN sweeps Ogun council polls

Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday swept the polls in the Ogun State local government election.

The ruling party won the chairmanship seats in the 19 local government areas where results were declared.

The result in Imeko Afon local government was withheld because of a pending law suit.

Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) Chairman Alhaja Risikat Ogunfemi who announced the results asked the chairman-elect to come for their certificates of return today.

The party also won an overwhelming majority of the councillorship seats, conceding only nine  seats to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) won a seat in Ijebu East.

The chairmen-elect are:

Ijebu North- Otunba Olaide Osifeso; Ijebu North East- Hon. David Femi Oyefowokan; Ijebu Ode- Oluwakemi Razaq; Ikenne- Tajudeen Salako; Ogun Waterside- Rufai Razaq and Obafemi Owode- Alhaji Diyaolu Nurudeen.

Others are Yewa North- Tajudeen Amoo; Yewa South- Hon. Safiu Odebiyi; Ifo- Hon. Olumide Enilolobo; Ewekoro- Hon. Oludele Soluade, Remo North- Chief Abayomi Femi; Odogbolu LG – Olawale Shittu, Abeokuta North – Olabode Taofeek and Ijebu East- Ogunde Patrick.

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Sagamu – Afuape Oluwafunmilayo; Abeokuta South, Lanre Edun, Ado Odo/Ota- Ramon Jimoh and Ipokia – Aderounmu Isiaka.

The ACN hailed the outcome of the polls as a demonstration of the goodwill of the party, helped by the “success recorded by Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s administration” in the last one year.

In a statement, its Publicity Secretary, Mr Shola Lawal, said the victory also reflected the resolve of the  people to consolidate the broom revolution in the state. He advised the opposition parties to put their houses in order instead of grumbling over the outcome of the polls.

“The outcome of the polls is not unexpected considering the overwhelming goodwill enjoyed by ACN. This widespread support has also been further helped by successes recorded by the Amosun administration.

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“ The outcome reflects the desire of Ogun state people to consolidate the broom revolution in replication of Edo experience. ACN will never associate itself with any form of anti-democratic  manoeuvring such as rigging.

“ Opposition should put its house in order so as to  escape such magnitude of humiliation as they suffer at the polls,” Lawal said.

Ogun state Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) also gave a pass mark to OGSIEC  for conducting a well organised and hitch-free local government election.

Nine of the 14 political parties that fielded candidates in the election spoke under the auspices of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) in a post-election news conference in Abeokuta yesterday, acknowledged that the electoral umpire gave a good account of itself by ensuring that all candidates from the opposition parties and their agents at the polling booths were accorded fair treatment during the election.

In an address by its chairman Chief Owolabi Odebudo, where representatives of other political parties that contested the election were present, the group also commended the ACN administration for non-interference in the conduct of the election, adding that Governor Amosun deserves accolade for giving a free hand to OGSIEC to organise and conduct a free and fair election.

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The group appealed to winners in the election to be magnanimous in victory and the losers to accept the results in good faith as election should not be seen as a do or die affair.

The CNPP called on other states yet to conduct the council polls to borrow a leaf from the state and work towards conducting the election in their respective states as stipulated in the Electoral Act.

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