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Kaduna suspend Council Elections in 4 LGAs over alleged insecurity

…Insiders express suspicion.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

As a build-up to Kaduna elections scheduled for this Saturday heightened, Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) has announced the suspension of elections in four Local Government Areas of the state, thereby causing stirs.

The affected local government areas include Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kajuru and Zangon-Kataf, respectively. 

Chairman of the commission, Mrs Saratu Dikko Audu, who disclosed this at a press conference in Kaduna, alleged that the affected LGs are troubled by insecurity.

“I’ve been reliably informed by security architecture within the state that security reports in the state would make it impossible to peacefully conduct the Local Government Council’s elections in a number of local government areas.

“Consequently, in order to protect lives and property, including those of our election staff and materials, we have had to suspend the election in a number of local government areas and rescheduled the election in these local government areas for a later date,” she said.

She, however, later disclosed that the election in the affected LGAs has been rescheduled for 25th September, 2021, when security apparatus will be able to mobilize troops for security of lives and property.

However, insider sources in some of the affected LGs in Southern Kaduna have expressed suspicion and doubt over the reasons used for suspending elections in some LGs, using the coloration of ‘security report’ as a yardstick.

The sources recalled the recent court judgment obtained by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) prohibiting the State from putting an interim caretaker committee in any LG that is unable to conduct elections for any reason.

The sources (of PDP extraction), who spoke in confidence, said they’ve no confidence in the alleged security report, adding that Zaria and several other local government areas had security issues recently but were not affected.

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