The chairmanship candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State have won seven local councils with large margins, in the results of the election announced by the state’s Independent Electoral Commission ( EDSIEC).
The Peoples Democratic Party boycotted the poll.
According to the results announced by EDSIEC chairman, Professor Stanley Orobator, APC’s Oteh Omoru was elected the chairman of Akoko-Edo with 42, 471 votes. ADP won only 23, SDP 17.
In Ovia South West, Destiny Enabulele for APC triumphed with 56,664 votes. ADP won 360 votes, NCP 9, PPA 5, PDP 1.
Ovia North East elected APC’s Ogbemudia Osaze with 41,303 votes. ADP got 256, DA 83, LP 167, PDC 33, PDP 3, PPA 26, SDP 15, NCP 60, GPN 46.
Napoleon Agbama of the APC is the new chairman of Uhunwode LG. According to EDSIEC, he polled 32, 292 votes. The ADP got 83 votes, DA 52, LP 55, NCP 45, PPA 12, SDP 8.
Owan East elected Andrew Osigwe, who scored 34,579 votes and Eghe Ogbemudia also swept Egor with 15, 348 votes, the smallest votes so far reported for the ruling party.
Frank Ilaboya easily trounced all other contenders for the chairmanship of Owan West as he won with 28,406 votes. The ADP got 252, AD 100, LP 50, SDP 56.
The chairman of the commission, Professor Orobator said further announcement of results would commence at 10am on Sunday.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Emabong Udoh, said Python Dance 2 and Crocodile Smile 2 exercises were successfully conducted.
He said that the exercises, which were part of training activities of the army in 2017, helped to curtail criminal activities and other crimes in the country.
Udoh stated this at the 2018 West Africa Social Activities (WASA) celebration of the Army, which ended late on Saturday in Dodan Barracks, Lagos.
He said that WASA was one of the ways of keeping the traditions of the army, explaining that it was usually organized to mark the end of a training year and beginning of another one.
“The 2017 training activities, though challenging, were very intensive in the Nigerian Army and in 81 Division for that matter.
“All the exercises programmed for the year were successfully held as scheduled. Exercises like Python Dance 2 and Crocodile Smile 2 were successfully conducted,’’ he said.
The GOC, therefore, urged personnel to remain committed and be ready to give their best in the new training year.
“This is in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s vision which is to have a responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles,” he said.
He urged officers and men of the division to remain focused, dedicated and resilient in order to consolidate on the achievements so far recorded.
“I also pay my tribute to our fallen heroes, who paid the supreme price to keep the country safe,” he added.
In his remarks, a former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Alexander Ogomudia (retd.), urged army officers and men to remain resilient in the discharge of their duties to ensure peace and stability in the country.
Ogomudia said “you are all aware of the security challenges confronting the nation and the roles each and every one of us have to play to increase the level of security.
“The Nigerian Army has been actively involved in the fight against all forms of insecurity and it has made substantial gains in this fight.
“This has been made possible by your commitment, dedication, sacrifices and synergy with other security agencies.
“I urge you not to rest on your oars but work assiduously with other security agencies towards maintaining and improving the security in the country.”
He said that “Operation Crocodile Smile 2’’ was one of the success stories of the army in 2017 and commended the personnel for the sacrifice and achievement.
“I commend the army for their collaboration with members of other security agencies in contributing to the successes recorded in the various internal security operations in Lagos and the country,” Ogomudia said.
He pointed out that WASA was aimed at fostering unity among army personnel, their families as well as improving civilian-military relations.
The event featured Tug of War contest, dances by cultural groups as well as the presentation of gifts and awards to distinguished soldiers and guests.
Top serving and retired military officers and captains of industries attended the occasion.
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