More reactions have continued to trail Local Government elections held in Plateau State, as a group under the auspices of Plateau State Coalition on Electoral Reforms (PLASCER), on Thursday, said the just-concluded polls in the state were marred by massive irregularities.
PLASCER through its Coordinator, Nelson Ananze, said in a statement issued on Thursday from the situation room it organised for the polls in Jos, the state capital, observed that the election was characterised by massive electoral misconduct.
the PDP also faulted the results as announced by PLASIEC describing it as fraudulent. Chairman of the PDP in plateau state, Damishi Sango while briefing Journalist in his office said the PDP Won in all of the local government except Kanam.
It would be recalled that elections were held in 13 out of the 17 councils of the state.
Election did not hold in Jos South, Riyom, Barkin Ladi, and Jos North LGAs, citing insecurity as a reason. Some Irate youths on Thursday razed down four houses in Langtang South Local Government of Plateau State in protest of the outcome of local government election results.
The incident happened after the youths became angry over the outcome of the Wednesday local government elections in Plateau.
A top security personnel told reporters that the youths, who were waiting for the local government Returning Officer to collate results brought from the wards, got enraged when Governor Simon Lalong announced on Radio that the winners would be sworn in by 2 p.m.
According to him, the protest began peacefully with the youths chanting war songs and accusing the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) of “cheating”, as they marched through the streets.
“But, the protest turned violent when some youths decided to attack the houses of those they suspected had connived with PLASIEC officials to `steal’ their mandate.
He identified houses burnt as belonging to Andrew Sambo, the Electoral Officer that conducted the election in the area, and one Jackson Ponzhi, a prominent politician.
Also burnt was the residence of Nicholas Vongsin, a former chairman of Langtang South Management Committee, as well as the local government chamber where results of the elections from the wards were to be collated and announced.
Speaking on the development, Domle Simon, PDP Vice Chairman, Plateau South, blamed the state government for the destruction recorded in the area.
He advised the state government to always be mindful of the effects of their actions on those they have sworn to lead, saying that leaders should always remember that they would give account of their actions in the hereafter.