… As Gov. Yahaya of Gombe warns youths against political violence***
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State lost only two councilorship seats in last Saturday’s local government elections in the state.
The newsmen report that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in Ward G, Yaba LCDA, while the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in Ward D of Orile-Agege LCDA.
Newsmen report that the APC won 375 out of the 377 councilorship seats spread across the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs.
The rulling party also won all the chairmanship seats in all the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
The PDP Councillor-elect, Mr Adeshola Thomas and the YPP Councillor-elect, Omotunde Abdul-Kareem, were on Tuesday presented the Certificates of Return at the LASIEC headquarters in Sabo, Yaba.
Speaking with newsmen, the PDP Councillor-elect described his victory as the work of God and resilience of the people.
Thomas said: “I feel great. First, I will thank my God because when the struggle started, He stood by us and at the end we have the victory.
“During the election, out of the 18 polling units in my ward, my challengers allegedly took two ballot boxes away. In the remaining 16, I won in 15 and lost with only five votes in the last polling unit.
“It was the election of the people. It is the people that want me. They stood by us, they stood by the PDP.
“So, even this Certificate of Return, I am giving it to them. I promise them in this tenure they will be in charge. I have to represent them well. All glory to God and my people.”
On the possibility of his defection to the ruling party, Thomas said that he would be faithful to the party on which he got the mandate.
“I won’t be ungrateful person by cross-carpeting. It is what my people want that I will do because the mandate belongs to them and I cannot disappoint them.
“I cannot go against their wishes. My people will take first position because without them, I won’t be here,” he added.
The electoral umpire had earlier in the day presented Certificates of Return to Chairmen-elect and Vice-Chairmen-elect who had been sworn-in by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In the meantime, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, on Tuesday, warned youths in the state to shun politics of violence and bitterness.
Yahaya gave the warning when stakeholders from the Akko Local Government Area of the state, paid him a courtesy visit in Gombe.
He said the warning was imperative in view of the recent clashes between supporters of political parties during Sallah festivities in parts of the state.
The governor said that his administration would only support politics of peace, stressing that: “it is only in a peaceful atmosphere that development can come.
“We need to take drastic measures on this matter so that insecurity that is pervasive and is encroaching on us will not catch up with us.
“The warning is to restore normalcy so we can move forward. I am not happy that some people are taking us backward, and without security there won’t be progress,” he said.
The governor warned individuals or groups using the youths to cause mayhem in the state, adding that: “No politician’s ambition is worth the life of anyone.
“I will not allow some people to take laws into their hands and kill people because those people will not send their relatives to be killed.
“I am not in support of any politics to kill and destroy property, I am for development and I stand for peace.”
Yahaya commended the people for their support, noting that with peace more development would reach the people.
Earlier in his remark, Habu Mu’azu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, charged the people of Akko LGA to jettison politics of bitterness and embrace peace.
Mua’zu said: “we are all one so there is no need for us to be fighting one another because of politicians.”
The APC stalwart said that if the skirmishes in Akko were left unattended, it might replicated in other parts of the state.
He urged the governor to deal decisively with persons found to be engaged in acts capable of breaching the peace in the state.
Mu’azu appealed to the community leaders not to allow themselves to be used by politicians, and strive to maintain peaceful coexistence in their domains.
Also speaking, Mr Abubakar Barambu, Chairman, Akko Local Government Council, thanked the governor for the developmental projects executed in the area.
Barambu said the gesture would improve the social and economic wellbeing of the rural dwellers.