Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State Tuesday swore-in the eleven Local Government Chairmen that were elected after last Saturday’s Local Government elections.
This is despite the fact that opposition parties led by the All Progressives Congress, APC, roundly condemned the exercise and described it as a sham due to alleged non release of election materials on the said Election Day.
However, the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), an umbrella body of 22 registered political parties including the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State, stressed immediately after GOSIEC announced the outcome of the polls on Sunday that they have accepted the results all of which the PDP won.
Spokesman for IPAC and Chairman of Labour Party, Alhaji Sale Lawal, while briefing newsmen said, “The stand of Inter-Party Advisory Council in Gombe State is to commend the state Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) for conducting free, fair, peaceful and credible election in our State”.
But swearing-in the chairmen, Governor Dankwambo said they were elected in conformity with section 79 (3) and (4) of the Gombe State independent Electoral (Amendment) Law 2011 and therefore called on them to maintain the tempo exhibited by their predecessors in the execution of projects, especially joint capital projects in order to improve the living standard of the people.
He also urged them to make efforts to improve on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by plugging all loop-holes as well as identifying new revenue sources so as to reduce over-dependence on statutory grants from the federation accounts.
He commended the out-going Caretaker Committee chairmen of the Councils for the positive contributions they made during their brief tenure saying, “they have mobilized our citizenry who participated in the election in which our great party the PDP emerged victorious”.
Responding on behalf of the newly sworn-in Local Council Chairmen, Chairman of Billiri LGA, Barrister Faruk Lawining, thanked the people of the State for the confidence reposed on them to serve and promised that they will ensure that they do not fail the people.