Voters​’​ Apathy Mar Kaduna Guber Polls

Nasir El-Rufai

Against the high turn-out of voters witnessed during March 28 presidential election in the country, only a few people showed up for the Governorship and State House of Assembly election going on in Kaduna​ on Saturday​.

Despite ​the ​early arrival of officials Independent National Electoral Commission, most polling units were scanty with few intending voters present for accreditation.

For example, in areas like Gonin Gora, Barnawa and Narayi in Southern metropolis of the state, electorates were seen relaxed and not bothered to go out for the accreditation.

On the other divide of the state,​however, ​Kaduna North and places like Sabon Gari, Tudun Wada witnessed massive turn out of voters.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, who arrived his polling 011 unit at Police gate, along swimming pool road, Kabala Costain area of the state at about 11 a.m.​,​ described the process as generally peaceful.

​T​he All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate in Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai, expressed optimism​, saying his party has been accepted by the electorate.

Addressing journalist shortly after he was accredited at his polling unit, 024 Angwan-Sarki, Kaduna, at about 10 a.m. Mr. El-Rufai blamed the low turn-out on presumed threat from the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

He commended INEC on the early arrival of the election materials and staff, saying “accreditation commenced on time compare​d​to that of the Presidential elections”.​

He said “People are bothered about the miscreants PDP promised to unleash on them. But the police has been able to forestall any violence”.

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