Shehu Bala Usman, the chairman of the Jos North Local Government Council, has refuted charges made in several traditional and social media outlets that he interfered with the conduct of the governorship and house of assembly elections last Saturday in his community.
This information was released in a statement on March 22, 2023, by Philip Eplong, the executive chairman of Jos North Local Government Council’s media assistant.
The council chairman claims that the accusations made by a PDP agent at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s state offices in Jos, located at Miango Road, are not only unfounded but also deliberate attempts to defame him.
The Chairman questions why the alleged PDP agent would try to tarnish his reputation by leveling such baseless accusations against him when he just cast his ballot at Ali Kazaure 021 polling place.
He claimed that the assertion that he met with INEC officials at various polling places only applies to the author who is trying to discredit him and the ruling party.
Usman stated that it is his responsibility as an All Progressives Congress (APC) member to refrain from taking any acts or inactions that could endanger the peaceful election.
He pointed out to the PDP agent that if what he was doing amounted to a violation of the Electoral Act, why did the security agents stationed around the polling places not detain him?
The Chief Security Officer of the Local Government is constitutionally authorized to roam about to ensure that peace is maintained, as the Jos North Council Chairman informed the PDP representative when he expressed surprise at the accusations made against him.
The Council Chairman urges the PDP agent to mind his own business by staying within the parameters of the responsibilities set forth by his party rather than interfering in other people’s issues while pleading for restraint on the part of his supporters.
The head of Jos North Council distanced himself from the reported missing BVAS in one of the polling places during the election, saying that the Returning Officer and his superiors at INEC are dealing with the problem.
The Jos North Local Government Council, he continued, is a legally recognized level of government with roles and responsibilities that do not, in any way, overlap with those of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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