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.
Bandits attack 3 LGAs in Katsina, murder 34
Vanguard quoted locals as saying that 18 were killed in Yargamji, Batsari LGA, 5 killed in Mara Zamfarawa in Danmusa LGA and 11 killed in Sabon Layi village, Faskari LGA
Scores were said to have sustained degrees of injuries in the deadly attack.
Some were still missing and their livestock stolen by the attackers.
More to come.
Shehu Sani reacts as bandits kille over 30 persons in Katsina
DAILY POST reported that the attack led to death of over 30 persons.
Eighteen were reportedly killed in Yargamji, Batsari LGA, 5 killed in Mara Zamfarawa in Danmusa LGA and 11 killed in Sabon Layi village, Faskari LGA.
The lawmaker also recalled the abduction of ECWA pastor and fifteen other members by bandits on Sunday, noting that this was reality confronting Nigeria.
He tweeted, “On Sunday in Kaduna,Gunmen stormed ECWA Church Dankande and took away the Pastor and 15 other worshippers.
“And now the Bandits raid on Batsari and other two LGs in Katsina. This is the reality confronting.”
Earlier, Shehu Sani had noted that the current security situation and other challenges bedevilling the country cannot be solved by prayers alone.
According to him, “When we work and pray, our problems will be solved [but] when we pray and refused to work, our problems will be waiting for our work.”
Yahaya Bello threatens to sack LG bosses, traditional rulers over killing of 15 Fulani herdsmen in Kogi
Governor Bello, who gave the order during a security stakeholders’ meeting held in Government House Lokoja on Tuesday, lamented that the killings happened in Yagba West, Omala, Dekina and Igalamela Odolu Local Government Areas, adding that his administration will not condone killings of any citizen in the state.
While giving ultimatum to the administrators of the four local governments and their traditional rulers, Governor Bello vowed to apprehend and bring to book the perpetrators of the dastardly act, saying “government will not allow the insecurity situation that occurred in Benue, Nasarawa and Zafara states to happen in Kogi.
“These Fulanis have been staying with us in the state peacefully without any rancour. Any politician or detractor, who are behind this killing will be made to face the full wrath of the law as my administration will not spare anybody no matter how highly placed in the society.”
He commended the security agents for their effort in ensuring that there is absolute peace in the state, urging them to do more in order to keep the state safe.
Meanwhile, the Administrator of Yagba West where the killing of 11 Fulanis took place, Comrade Joseph Olutimi, stated that he received a report that a farmer was allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, noting that he quickly informed the security agents who swung into action.
He pointed out that the Fulanis were killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen, stressing that the people of the local government have been living peacefully with the resident Fulanis.
In his speech, the Special Adviser to the governor on security, Commodore Jerry Omadara reported that last week a farmer in Yagba West was allegedly murdered in his farm by suspected herdsmen, stressing that, some people took the law into their hands in a reprisal attack and killed Fulanis, who resided in some communities in the local government and dumped their corpses in Omi Dam.
He further disclosed that three corpses of Fulanis were found in Oluja community in Dekina Local Government while several cows were killed by unknown gunmen, adding that Omiyowo, Ogar, Ejigba and Dekina recorded high rate of killing of innocent citizens.
The Secretary Meyetti Allah in charge of Yagba West, Mohammed Mainasara said eleven Fulanis residents in the council were killed without provocation.
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