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.