As the results of the Plateau State Local Government Elections were announced by the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) with the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning all the Seventeen (17) Chairmanship and 325 Councillorship positions, a Chieftain of the APC, Philanthropist and a retired Military Officer, Lt. Col. Samuel Fwanje has expressed delight over the resounding victory recorded by the Party.
He lauded the peaceful conduct of the elections and commended the main opposition Party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for not taking to the streets but approached the Court to seek redress over its exclusion from the polls.
According to the APC Chieftain, lessons must have been learnt from the issue which started from the State High Court and now at the Appeal Court which ruled on Friday 8th October, 2021 that PLASIEC can go ahead with the elections slated for 9th October, 2021 to avoid leadership vacuum at the Local Government level in the State as the tenure of elected officials expire.
He disclosed that events that unfolded before and during the elections are indication that there is significant improvement democratically.
He said he is impressed with the general conduct of the elections which may not be perfect and charged those elected to work hard to justify the trust and confidence reposed on them by the electorates by dispensing good governance and providing people-centred leadership as a lot are expected from them.
He admonished the PDP to put its house in order to provide vibrant/healthy opposition which in turn will strengthen and beautify democracy.
“Intra-party squabbles are normal, but they must be resolved amicably within the party”
“If the wrangling of the main opposition, PDP had not festered this long, the elections would had been more credible because it takes two to tangle and next time internal wrangling must be solved internally instead of jumping to sue one another or the establishment in Court”
“We must learn to solve our problems internally, that is the big lesson we must imbibe” he concluded.
He disclosed that the State’s electoral umpire need to be commended for conducting peaceful, credible, free and fair polls. He also applauded the people for their peaceful conduct and for being law abiding all through the processes.
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