Results from last Saturday’s local government election conducted by the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) showed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cleared all 31 council positions and 325 councillorship seats.
Chairman of the commission, Mrs Gloria Ukpong, who released the results yesterday, disclosed that the PDP lost four councillorship positions to three opposition parties at the ward levels.
According to her, the ACN won a councillorship positions in Ikono and Mbo local government areas, while the ANPP won one ward in Ukanafun local government area, as UNPP also won a ward in Esit Eket local government area.
“I acknowledged the receipt of protest by some politicians on the conduct of the election. But we will not deal with protest because the state government will set up election petitions tribunal, where such matters will be determined. Election results are collected from the units to the wards and the local government levels; these results are released at different units and in line with our guidelines and Electoral Act,” she stated.
At the AKISIEC headquarters on yesterday a man suspected to be carrying fake election materials was arrested by security operatives at the gate of the commission, while trying to make his way into where the results were being read at about 4.50p.m. The suspect, who allegedly came from Ikono with the materials, said he ran for safety with the materials when violence broke out during voting in the local government election in the area.
In a related development, policemen were said to have on election duty in Ikono local government area were said to have been attacked by hoodlums in the area.
In the course of the attack, two policemen were said to have been disarmed by hoodlums while one of them sustained severe matchet cut on the head.