President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Uthman Ajidagba, Chairman, Kwara State State Electoral Commission (KWASIEC), as a Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Dr. Ajidagba is one amongst the 9 nominees submitted by the President to the Senate for confirmation.
The KWASIEC Chairman was indicted over the massive rigging that transpire during November 17 council elections within the state. The elections were outstanding as a result of most of the political bigwigs in the state lost in their several constituencies.
Notable among the losers was Mr.Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, who lost in his polling booth and ward. The loss of Saraki and his candidates aggravated protests by his supporters, forcing the Senate President to scurry off Abuja before election results were formally announced.
Across the state, opposition candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were jubilant at hints that those that command the state by the jugular had been dethroned. However, Dr. Ajidagba connived with man. Saraki and therefore the state governor, Mr. Abdul Fatal Ahmed to vary the results and declared them in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Senate President’s party.
While the declared results are rejected by PDP members within the state, the party at the national level is lukewarm to developments within the state. several members of the PDP at the national level are said to be close friends with the Senate President, who plans to decamp to the PDP next year.
Kwarans are angry at Dr. Ajidagba’s nomination. A distinguished lawyer within the state, Mr. Muritala Sambo, has vowed that petitions and lawsuits are accustomed ensure the nominee isn’t confirmed by the Senate.