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Former minister hails Nigeria’s electoral body on Saturday’s gubernatorial, state legislative polls

by Tom Chiahemen
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By Musa Danlami (MINNA) –

Despite reported cases of violent disruptions and ballot snatching from some parts of the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has received commendation for its conduct of the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections in 28 states across Nigeria on Saturday.

The commendation was given today by a former Minister of Youths, Sports and Social Development, Alhaji Sani Ndanusa, while reviewing the election in Bida, Niger State.


Answering questions from newsmen, Ndanusa said, “looking at the public outcry that followed the February 25 presidential and national assembly elections, I will say that INEC has done very well.

“INEC has taken up some of the challenges noticed in the presidential and National Assembly election and worked on some of them to make the process better.

“They have done better than what they did initially. We must give INEC the opportunity to succeed because they are operating in Nigeria where every sector has its challenges”, He said.

He praised the conduct of the election especially, in Bida area saying that it was one of the most peaceful.

“I think this is one of the most peaceful elections we have witnessed, judging from about 14 polling units that I visited, including where I voted.”

Ndanusa, who is also a former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the process of accreditation and voting was fast, transparent and detailed.

According to him, many of the electorate that he interacted with said they were satisfied with the elections, thereby given it credibility.

He said: “In voting these days our people are talking about the personality of the candidate and not the political party.

“It is the candidate that drives the party and not the party driving the candidate.”

The former minister was of the opinion that there had been a lot of voter education by the government and political parties to sensitise the electorate on the need to do the right thing.

While acknowledging that the election recorded minor skirmishes here and there, he said it was largely a success.

“The tight security put in place by the Federal Government also contributed to the success recorded in the elections. Many people were encouraged to come out and vote in Bida,” Ndanusa said. 

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