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Offa election: PDP defeats APC

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Mr AbdulWaheed Olanipekun of the the PDP has emerged Chairman of the Offa Local Government Council in a re-run election, conducted in the area on Saturday.

The Chairman of the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASICE), Dr Uthman Ajidagba, made the disclosure on Sunday in Offa, near Ilorin, while announcing the result of the elections.

He said that contestants on the platform of the PDP also emerged winners as councillors in all the 12 wards in the Local Government.

Ajidagba said that Olanipekun polled 35,937 votes against the 20,161 votes, polled by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Saheed Popoola.

The KWASIEC boss said that since Olanipekun had satisfied the requirement of the law by having majority of lawful votes, he was therefore, elected and returned as chairman of the council.

He noted that there were reports of attempted violence from some supporters of political parties during collation of results at wards  but that the situation was brought under control by law enforcement agents.

Reacting to the outcome of the election, the Kwara State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Masud Adebimpe, expressed gratitude to God for the victory of the party.

He thanked the people of Offa for the maturity they exhibited during the election.

Adebimpe appealed to the populace to cooperate with the new council council chairman for more development to be achieved in Offa.

However, the Protem Chairman of the APC in Kwara, Mr Shola Iji, said that the results declared by the commission were not the original results of the election.

He made the claim while speaking on the outcome of the elections.

'We are not accepting the result because it was not an honourable result of Saturday's elections conducted in Offa.

'We know the original result and not the one that was falsified,' he said.(NAN)