The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded Presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, voted in Saturday’s governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Adamawa State with expression of loss of faith in the electoral process.
He remarked that he is not confident that his vote will count.
Atiku who voted about 12.30 pm at his Ajiya Ward in Yola North Local Government Area, said turnout of voters was evidently loss of faith in the electoral process by the people.
“The elections of two weeks ago were marred by irregularities. Suddenly, I’m not convinced that my vote will count. You can see a very low voter turnout,” Atiku said.
Atiku urged his supporters to keep faith with him, even as he asserted that the electoral process had no faith.
He offered however that the situation could be rectified, saying, “It requires the coming together of all Nigerians and the leadership to be able to redress all the challenges we face in the last elections.”
He stressed that he was optimistic of a better Nigeria. “I have always been optimistic,” he said.
Atiku had arrived his polling unit minutes earlier to shouts of ‘Never give up’ from his admirers who stormed the polling unit to give him support.
By urging him not to give up, the supporters were apparently referring to his loss of the presidential race penultimate Saturday and his resort to legal redress.
As he made to leave his polling unit sometime before 1 pm, the supporters hailed, ‘Sai Waziri. Buhari Must Go.’
Atiku Abubakar holds the title of Waziri Adamawa, the second most prestigious traditional title in the Adamawa Emirate after the Lamido Adamawa.
Governorship election: Live supplementary polls results from Plateau State
The rerun elections are ongoing in four other states such as Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the exercise in these five states as inconclusive.
The commission had declared winners in the governorship elections in only 22 states.
However, the Returning Officers (ROs) in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states, declared the elections as inconclusive.
The supplementary elections will be held in the affected states today, March 23.
Follow Arewa.Ng, on this thread for results from Plateau State as declared by INEC.
Here is the result for the governorship supplementary poll at Plateau Hotel Polling Unit, Jos North LGA, Plateau State as announced by the Presiding Officer, Abdulaziz Mohammed.
PDP – 158
APC – 78
SDP – 1
Total number of votes: 237
Registered voters: 853.
PDP Asks INEC To Cancel Kano Supplementary Elections — But APC Says No
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the calls by the former for the cancellation of elections in the state.
Addressing journalists on Saturday, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, state chairman of PDP in Kano, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the ongoing supplementary elections in Kano “with immediate effect”.
According to Bichi, the decision was based on reports received by the party that some “PDP agents have been molested, vehicles burnt, property destroyed in Doguwa, Nasarawa, Minjibir and Tudun Wada Local Government Areas of the state”.
PDP alleged that security personnel gave hoodlums cover to unleash mayhem on their supporters.
He also claimed that some political thugs were imported from neighbouring states to cause chaos in the ongoing supplementary elections.
However, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, debunked the allegations of the PDP that there was mayhem during the conduct of the supplementary elections.
Speaking at media briefing in Kano on Saturday, he said the election was conducted peacefully and devoid of violence and thuggery.
He referred to the allegations by the PDP as “baseless and untrue”, and called on the general public to remain calm and wait for the final results by INEC.
JUST IN: Police Send Reinforcement To Kano After Electoral Violence
The Police Command in Kano State have sent a reinforcement of security personnel to Gama Ward of Nasarawa Local Government to beef up security at polling units located in the ward.
Abdullahi Haruna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kano.
Gama has been in the spotlighted for the incidents of violence, voter intimidation and ballot box burning and snatching that tainted Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Kano, even leading to calls for the cancellation of the exercise.
Abdullahi said the deployment of additional security personnel to the areas followed the visit of Anthony Michael, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), to the area.
He explained that following the report on the security challenges at the area, the DIG visited the ward to assess the security situation in the area.
The PPRO said the deployment of additional security personnel was necessary as part of efforts to enhance security as well as ensure the protection of lives and property in the affected areas.
He also denied reports of the alleged arrest of Commissioner for Special Duties, Muktar Ishaq.
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