Taraba state Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku Tuesday said that the local government elections conducted in the state was peaceful and transparent.
Ishaku, who stated this in Takum while casting his vote, said that voters turnout was impressive.
“Before coming to my polling unit, I have gone to observe other polling units and I can tell you that the process was peaceful and transparent, I have also heard from my deputy who voted at Gassol LGA and he said everything was going on peaceful and other places have also reported peaceful conduct of the exercise so I can tell you it is all peaceful” he said.
The governor who debunked insinuation that council executives were imposed on the people against their choice by the government, said that he would not allow imposition under his watch.
.” I am the Father of democracy, and I can never allow the imposition of candidates against the will of the people, that’s why right at the primaries we decided to go by consensus so as to avoid crisis and the people decided who should represent them”.
Commenting on the boycott of the council election by the All Progressives Congress party (APC), the Governor noted that the participation in the council election was optional and the party has the rights not to participate.
Governor Darius who has been away from his home town Takum since his re-election as governor of the state in 2019, expressed concern over the communal crisis that have ravaged the region in the recent times.
He said the government and all the security agencies have been working round the clock to bring lasting solution to the crisis.
“I have often tell my people to give me peace and I will give them development because when there is no peace there won’t be any meaningful development” he said.
Blueprint had reported that the state Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC) stated that seventeen out of eighteen registered political parties in the state are to participate in the state council election.