[PHOTOS]LG Poll: Protesters Hold Election Officials Hostage
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Aggrieved members of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Jigawa State are currently holding electoral officials hostage for not declaring election results presumably won by the party’s candidate in a unit in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area.
The state’s electoral commission conducted the local government elections across the 27 local government areas of the state on Saturday.
The hostage situation is taking place at the polling unit of a former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, in Chiyako ward in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area.
The returning officer in the polling unit reportedly fled without declaring the PDP candidate winner despite that the counting of votes had been done.
The PDP chairman in the state, Babandi Ibrahim, told reporters on Sunday that the sudden disappearance of the returning officer prompted the aggrieved voters to hold the election officials hostage.
The officials passed the night in a room in a primary school where they had been held hostage since Saturday afternoon. Mr Ibrahim insisted that the returning officer must return to the polling unit and declare the election results as prescribed by the electoral law.
The protesters locked up all the electoral officials including Ramlah Isah, the daughter of the former All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman in Birnin Kudu, Yusuf Isah. Mr Isah is also currently the outgoing vice chairman for Birnin Kudu Local Government Area.