Governor Yari, federal lawmakers shun Zamfara local government election

Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara did not participate in the local government election conducted in the 14 local government areas of the state on Saturday.

The three senators and seven House of Representatives members from the state were also conspicuously absent at the election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state`s Independent Electoral Commission, ZASIEC, did not announce the number of political parties expected to field candidates for the polls.

Only the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, fielded candidates.

A correspondent who monitored the poll in Gusau recalled that the PDP issued a statement on Friday that the party would not participate in the polls.

The statement was signed by the state chairman of the party, Hassan Nasiha.

The party hinged its decision to boycott the polls on the fact that it is challenging the victory of Governor Yari in the 2015 governorship election at the Supreme Court.

“Participating in the elections will amount to giving recognition to the leadership of the incumbent government in the state,” Mr. Nasiha said. (NAN)

Meanwhile, residents of Gusau Local Government Area have decried low turnout of voters during the election.

A cross section of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Gusau that they were not aware of the election.

Tony Adah, an engineer, told NAN that although he saw campaign posters, he was not sure of the date of the election.

“I woke up this morning to prepare for work when my neighbour told me about the election.

“Initially I thought that movement will be restricted, but to my surprise, people are moving around with their vehicles doing their usual business,” he said.

Marian Ibrahim, a businesswoman, also said she was not aware of the election as people were busy with their normal business activities.

“I just got to my shop where I do my business and I discovered that people are not participating in the election.

“It is possible the date of the election was not properly announced unlike the previous ones.

“The election is just for the sake of formality; everybody knows that the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) will win so there is no need to stress people,” she said.

Security personnel were seen manning various polling units early in the morning before officials of the state`s Independent Electoral Commission arrived with election materials.


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