Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council, Shehu Bala Usman has debunked claims in some conventional and social media platforms that he disrupted the conduct of last Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly election in his locality.

This was made known in a statement issued by the media aide to the Executive Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council, Philip Eplong on Wednesday 22nd march 2023.

According to the Council Chairman, the allegations by an agent of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP at the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, state headquarters, Miango road, Jos is not only baseless but a calculated attempt aimed at rubbishing his personality.

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The Chairman wonders why the said PDP agent will want to drag his name to the mud by making such spurious allegations against him when he only voted at his Ali kazaure 021 polling unit.

He said the claim that the said meeting he allegedly had with INEC officials at some polling units only exist in the realm of the author who is out to rubbish him and the ruling party.

Usman explained that as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC in the State, it is incumbent on him not to do anything that is capable of truncating the peaceful election, by his actions or inactions.

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He reminded the PDP agent, that if what he was doing was tantamount to breaching the Electoral Act, why did security agencies who were stationed around the polling units not apprehend him?

The Jos North Council chairman who expressed surprise with the allegations levelled against him, reminded the PDP agent that as the Chief Security Officer of the Local Government, he is constitutionally empowered to move round to ensure that peace is maintained.

The Council Chairman while appealing for calm on the part of his supporters on the matter , urge the PDP agent, to mind his business by limiting himself to the role assigned to him by his party instead of meddling into other people’s affairs.

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On the alleged missing BVAS in one of the voting centres during the election, the Jos North Council boss disassociated himself from it, noting that the issue is between the Returning Officer and his superiors in INEC noting.

He added that Jos North Local Government Council is not a subsidiary of the electoral umpire, but a constitutionally recognized tier of government whose role and functions are not similar with INEC in any ramification.

Philip Eplong

Media Aide to the Executive Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council.

22nd – 03-2023.


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