The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday presented certificates of return amidst pomp to six chairmen elect and 62 councillors elect that emerged from the monthly concluded FCT council polls as well as one councillor elect who had been outstanding as a result of litigation.
Presenting the certificates, Prof. Jacob Jatau, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Federal Capital Territory said “the Commission is committed to ensuring sanity of the electoral environment and deepening of democracy in Nigeria.” He called for support of all stakeholders to enhance democracy.
All six chairmen elect were on hand to reconceive their certificates, they were: Abdullahi Adamu Candido of the APC for AMAC; Abdulrahman Ajiya of APC for Abaji Area Council; Adamu Mustapha (APGA) for Gwagwalada Area Council; Abdullahi Galadima (APC) for Kuje Area Council; Usman Dikko (APC) for Bwari Area Council and Joseph Shazhin (APC) for Kwali Area Council.
Representative of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Hajiya Amina Abubakar, Acting Secretary, Area Council Secretariat said with the elections over, there was need to put politics behind them and work in the interest of all residents of the respective area councils.
The FCT Minister urged all elected officials to join hands with the FCT Administration to promote the development of the FCT as the FCT Administration is ready to work with all elected representatives, irrespective of political party to deliver the dividends of democracy to the FCT residents.
Also speaking, Dr. Simbine, Supervising National Commissioner (North Central and the FCT) regretted that the conduct of the political class in the last election left much to be desired as the reason for the run-off elections in the FCT was partly due to violence. She said violence was unnecessary and that the electorate should eschew violence and adopt behavioural change in the interest of all.
Abdullahi Adamu Candido, Chairman Elect of AMAC spoke on behalf of all elected representatives that received certificates of return.