Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has inaugurated the newly elected chairmen of the 21 Local Government Areas in the state.
Bagudu performed the inauguration at a ceremony in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.
He also inaugurated the 225 newly elected councilors, including nine women.
The governor expressed happiness over the emergence of nine female councilors for the first time in the history of the state.
“Having nine women elected as councilors is really commendable in view of the fact that in the past we hardly had one councilor.”
Bagudu commended the Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission (KESIEC) for conducting a credible election and the timely presentation of certificates to all winners, irrespective of party affiliations.
“I commend KESIEC for conducting credible election because reports from observers indicated that all measures for credible election were explored with voting materials adequately distributed in time.”
Bagudu commended the people of the state, security agencies, members of the press and the opposition parties for “a peaceful election worthy of emulation by other states’’.
He urged the new chairmen to work hard to implement all policies of the government, assuring them that he would keep his doors open to them at all times.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the oath of office was administered on the newly elected officials by Justice Abas Ahmad,who represented the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Mairiga, at the event.
NAN recalls that the ruling APC in the state swept all the 21 LGA chairmen seats as well as 222 councillorship position while the PDP won five councillorship positions. (NAN)