By STELLA WILLIAMS
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the chairmanship seats in the 27 local government councils in Borno State.
Announcing the results, the Executive Chairman of the Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC), Abdu Usman, said the APC won all the chairmanship and the 312 ward councillorship seats.
According to him, “the ruling party fielded unopposed candidates in 18 out of the 27 local government areas of Borno State.”
Citing section 10 and 34 of BOSIEC Act, which gave him the power to function as the Chief Returning Officer for the local government elections, Mr. Abdu noted that the APC fielded candidates in all elective offices earlier declared vacant, while the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and other parties fielded candidates only in few local government.
Abuja Business Reports correspondent reports that two professors were amongst the newly elected council chairmen in the state.
Adamu Alooma of the APC won in Damboa unopposed with 89,765 votes, Ibrahim Bukar also of the APC won in Gwoza with 96,780 votes respectively.
Interestingly, these two professors are from the southern part of Borno – a region rated to be the most educationally advanced in the state.
This is the first time, candidates with this level of education will be vying to occupy such political office in the history of the state.
On Saturday, residents of state filed out for the first time in twelve years to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice.
In the past, the Boko Haram insurgency previously stalled past efforts of the state government to conduct local council election.