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Election: IDPs weep as they reunite with relatives

2015-03-28 13:57
Leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari signs a non-violence agreement flanked by chairman of the party Odigie Oyegun and former Commonwealth Secretary-General Emeka Anyaoku, while Nigerian President and  ~ STRINGER

Yola - Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on Saturday shed tears of joy as they were reunited with their family members and relations during accreditation at IDP special polling centre, Yola 2015 general polls.

The IDPs wept as they reunited with their relations whom they thought were dead when Boko Haram sacked their towns in 2014.

Most of the IDPs were said to be from Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas in Adamawa.

One of them, Madam Hajara Samuel, seen at the IDPs Special Polling Centre, Aliyu Mustafa College, Yola, said that he was separated from his family five months ago by Boko Haram insurgents.

She, however, expressed joy that the exercise had afforded them the opportunity to reunite.

Samuel, who was in tears, said that before the insurgency, he and his neighbours used to cast their votes in the same unit in Michika LGA.

Alhaji Haruna Manzo, who hails from Bazza in Michika, said that since he and other IDPs fled Michika in 2014, he was seeing his immediate neighbour, Ezekiel Haruna, for the first time.

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Manzo described Haruna as a closed friend adding they fled for safety when Boko Haram elements took over their village.

He, however, expressed joy that he met Haruna again at the polling unit as IDPs in Yola.

There was impressive turnout of voters at the IDPs special polling centre.

Speaking shortly after being accredited at the Alyu Mustafa Secondary School IDPs polling centres, Alhaji Abubakar Kari, an IDP also from Michika said he was impressed with the electorate’s turnout.

Kari, who was the state Chairman, Adamawa Positive Change and Initiative, an NGO,   said that almost all eligible voters from his polling unit came out for the exercise.

“There is massive turnout of voters. It is very interesting because the electorate are willing to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice”, Kari said.

He commended INEC for creating the special polling units for the IDPs and expressed optimism that the exercise would achieve its aims and objectives.

Meanwhile, Governor James Ngilari of Adamawa has commended voters in the state for their large turnout for accreditation ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Ngilari was accredited at 10 a.m. at Shishiwa unit 009, in Madagali Local Government Area.

He said it was interesting that the citizenry through the impressive turnout had signaled their willingness to choose their own leaders.

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