Council chairman, candidate commend INEC for Abuja council polls

The election was marred by voter aparthy... Photo:Egghead Odewale

Voters apathy was witnessed in some parts of the Nigerian capital.

The Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Zakari Angulu, has lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for making Saturday’s Voters’ accreditation exercise hitch-free.

He made the commendation in an interview on Saturday in Gwagwalada.

Mr. Angulu attributed the orderliness during the accreditation to the adequate arrangements made ahead of the election.

He also expressed satisfaction with the presence of security at the polling units, giving Dobi Primary School Polling Unit as an example.

He said he was impressed with the voters’ turn out following the mobilisation and sensitisation of the electorate prior to the day of the election.

Also speaking, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chairmanship candidate, Adamu Mustapha, called for additional presence of security operatives at venues where the turnout of voters is massive, noting the case of Dobi Primary School Polling Unit.

Accreditation started at 8.30 a.m., with voters turning out in large numbers.

The presence of security agencies such as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the police, eased the atmosphere around the voters and placed them in high spirit to exercise their franchise.

There were also the military men patrolling the community following the recent face-off between the PDP and the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, supporters on March 13.

However, voter apathy was noticed in Mpape and accreditation at the two polling units visited started at 10.15 a.m.

The voters interviewed explained that the attitude of the electorate might not be unconnected with the planned demolition exercise in the community.

Meanwhile, Talatu Kabiru, the PDP Councillorship candidate, Jiwa Ward, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), expressed satisfaction at the turnout of voters.

Ms. Kabiru also praised INEC for arriving at the polling units in time with election materials and doing the accreditation as early as 8.30 a.m.

“There’s no problem yet we will just wait and see after the voting,” she said.

She appealed to her supporters to be orderly and remain peaceful during and after the elections.

“I was a councillor in 1991 during the military regime and I hope to return again after today’s election,” she said.

She also commended increased number of female contestants at the council polls, saying, “I am highly impressed with their participation.”


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