Gov. Aliyu misses Senatorial vote after ‘forgetting’ card in Abuja

Babangida Aliyu
The immediate past governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State did not vote in the Niger East senatorial by-election Saturday because he forgot his voter card in Abuja.

Mr. Aliyu said he would abide by the electoral rule that states that no one can vote without a voter card.

“I forgot my voter card in Abuja, which was human error, but I must commend those that came out to vote,” he said at the Umaru Musa Polling Unit in Minna.

Mr. Aliyu, who was accompanied by his wife, said he had been told that the election was peaceful in the zone.

The Senatorial seat became vacant following the death of Awaisu Kuta, who had held the seat.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Emannuel Onucheyo, said that the rule bars anybody without card from voting.

“The commission’s policy is “no voter card, no voting”, he said in a text message sent to the News Agency of Nigeria.



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  • alao

    Irresponsibility of the highest order. Only in Pdp.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    I thought he is the governor of Niger State, not Abuja!

    What was his voter’s card doing outside his domicile?


    • Babatunde

      Great observation. However, majority of our people carry nothing but Naira notes with them. May be with cashless society, we will start carrying wallets (males) and purses (females) which can hold our important documents such as driver’s license, national ID card, bank card, voter’s card, credit card etc… which can identify us as human beings. Until then, we have to make do with our old ways of doing business.
      Kudos to Gov. of Niger State for not making a nuisance of himself by asking the proverbial ignoramus Nigeria’s question “do you know who I am” having left his ID in Abuja.
      We shall get there in no time if we can follow simple rules/laws of the land.

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  • Ahmad

    Joke of the day.

  • AD

    They stole our votes and rigged in the villages pdp failed at the governors polling unit shame shame shame and as far as I am concern if pdp candidate is declared winner I personnel will stone him where ever I see him and I swear I am ready to die here for my right talba make u hear word

  • Sanford

    This is no news in sane societies. I guess the writer only tried to give undue publicity to the Governor!

  • God dey

    Excellent piece! Well done to the author! I am sure our Buhari is reading this and will act on the recommendations accordingly

  • Bassey Eniang

    May Almighty God bless Kolawole Olaniyan for this presentation on how the Federal Government under the Presidency of General Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President , Prof Yemi Osinbajo can secure “fair deal for victims of corruption” and corrupt practice. I include the Vice President for two reasons.

    The first is that from the antecedents of Gen Buhari, his style of management right from when he was GOC in Jos, through his appointments as Petroleum Minister and then Head of State, has been to assign his second in command, the duty of managing his office. I therefore anticipate that as is his usual practice, he will assign Prof Yemi Osinbajo to manage the Presidency just as he did in the case of Gen Idiagbon of blessed memory!

    Prof Yemi Osinbajo, like Gen Idiagbon (late) will most probably be the one responsible for the day to day administration of Gen Buhari’s Presidency. His antecedents as a law teacher of repute and a good administrator, when he served as Lagos State Hon Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General stand him in good stead to replicate at the Federal level his achievements at the state level. Those like me who benefited, can confirm that he made significant changes that led to improvement in the quality of justice administration in Lagos State. Consequently, the Lagos State legal/judicial system has became one of the best in the country. An example relates to the effort of Lagos State Government to ensure speedy dispensation of justice and assistance to those unable to secure justice because financial and other constraints.

    I strongly urge that the President elect, Vice President elect, the Hon Minister of Justice and Attorney General (to be appointed) should review Mr Kolawole Olaniyan’s presentation as it contains many useful suggestions and recommendation that can enable Government (Executive, Legislature and Judiciary) institute the changes required to enable it secure justice in a timely manner for the hapless victims of corruption and corrupt practice in Nigeria. I have gathered over 15 years, important information and intelligence which l will happily share with the new Government as a Citizen’s contribution to the fight against corruption and corrupt practice that is killing us.. except those few Nigerian that have been and continue to benefit from this twin evil!

  • Amir

    If God says a self appointed pastor will never know or see the truth, even if the pastor’s eyes are as big as the headlamp of a trailer, he will never see the truth. Pre-paid pastors that were blind to the disaster of Jona’s presidency and its devastating effect on the psyche of the nation belong to this group.