The newly elected chairmen for the 21 local government councils of Adamawa State have been sworn-in in a ceremony that took place at the Mahmud Ribadu Square in Yola on Monday.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr Afraimu Jingi, administered the oath of office to the chairmen, who were also issued their certificates of return at the event.
They were announced as chairmen on Sunday evening following the council election that held on Saturday.
The Adamawa State Governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Fintiri, who spoke at the ceremony, charged them to deliver good governance to the people who voted them into office.
He urged them not to be travelling chairmen but to stay back at their respective council areas and embrace everyone within their jurisdiction.
The Executive Chairman of Michika Local Government, Hon Michael Shehu, who spoke on behalf of all the chairmen, thanked Adamawa people for electing them to serve. The chairmen expressed their gratitude to the people of Adamawa State for entrusting them with the responsibility to serve them.
According to reports, the election which was conducted by the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) saw the council chairmen all emerge from the ruling PDP. This has resulted in widespread criticism from the opposition, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which described the election as a sham and vowed to move against it.
The party’s legal adviser, Mr Shagnah Pwamaddi, said in a statement, "The recently conducted election is a complete sham, undemocratic and below standard of what we call election. This is selection that was perpetrated under intimidation and inducement. We are not going to accept it.”