While the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission, ADSIEC basked in the galore of having conducted a ‘free and fair’ local government elections, public affairs commentators and observers aversed that the last Saturday’s event is a mere political charade than an election.
The Adamawa State electoral umpire announced that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP swept all the 21 council chairman’s seats in the state.
To Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and teaming PDP supporters, this is a laudable feat for the party without a thought to democracy and fair play.
Dr Mahdi Abba, a lecturer with the Modibo Adama University Yola said by any parameter, there was not an election in his Gerei local government, thus sparking curiosity to satisfy the question of “whether there was an election or political charade?”
He said Saturday’s ADSIEC’s stage-managed event is next to nothing but a daylight carnage on the franchise, an inalienable right of the citizens of the Adamawa State.
The Don contented that for reasons best known to Governor Fintiri, there wasn’t a purposeful commitment from authorities in Yola to conduct a credible election in the state.
The lecture opined that governors in Nigeria constitute the greatest stumbling block to institutionalising democratic principles and values at the grassroots level in the country.
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Babachir David Lawan extolled the political immaturity of Governor Fintiri after the governor claimed on social media that he has killed APC in Adamawa through the Saturday’s local government elections in the state.
” I saw the governor on Facebook claiming he has killed APC. His talk of having killed APC in the Saturday Sham Local Government election is foolish.
“If he were a brave person as he seems to claim, he would have allowed election materials to reach the polling units.
“But out of fear of losing couldn’t take the risk so there was no election. At least in Hong LGA, there was none,” he said.