Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in Taraba emerged victorious in all the chairmanship positions during the recently concluded local government council election held in the state on Saturday..
Philip Duwe, the chairman of Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), revealed this on Sunday while announcing the election results at the commission’s headquarters in Jalingo.
Duwe disclosed that a total of six political parties contested for both chairmanship and councillorship positions across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state. He further stated that the results of the 165 contested councillorship seats were declared at the various LGAs.
“This election was keenly contested by six political parties, and the PDP has won overwhelmingly from the results here declared,” Duwe remarked.
He emphasized that the results announced at the local government collation centres were legally valid, and the commission’s role was to validate the outcomes.
Duwe expressed gratitude to the media for their objective coverage throughout the electoral process, acknowledging their commitment and resilience despite challenges.
The SIEC chairman announced plans for the commission to study reports from various quarters to enhance its performance in future elections.
“To assert credibility, we must get as much observation and criticisms of what we are doing and suggestions of ways we can improve,” he stated.
Duwe highlighted the impartiality of the electoral process, citing an instance where he led a team to a polling unit and found no election activity, emphasizing the absence of teleguiding in the process.
He urged those who experienced defeat in the poll to remain patient, emphasizing the collective responsibility to maintain peace in the state. Additionally, he advised winners to be humble and grateful while encouraging losers to stay focused and prayerful, assuring them that challenging days would pass.