A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Yola - The Chairman, Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has commended
Michika and Madagali Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for their peaceful
conduct in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.
Jega made the commendation on the occasion of presentation
of certificates of return to successful candidates of various political parties
in the last elections held in Yola on Friday.
He said that the commission would not forget the IDPs’ role
during the elections.
"I congratulate the people of Adamawa for the peaceful
manner they conducted themselves.
"Not forgetting the people of Madagali and Michika who
turned in large numbers to vote in the IDP designated voting centres.
"We wish you well and pray that your daily lives will soon
return to normal."
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Represented by Dr Nuru Yakubu, National Commissioner in
charge of Adamawa, Jega assured Nigerians that INEC will continue to conduct
credible and transparent elections.
He pointed out that the present leadership of the commission
was committed to the rule of law and would sustain the reforms of the electoral
"We have now reached a level where we can say your votes
have not only been counted but that they have also counted."
He assured that the commission would not lower the
existing standard of service delivery.
Responding, the Adamawa Governor-elect, Sen. Jibrilla
Bindow, thanked the people of the state for the confidence they reposed in
him and others by voting them into power.
Bindow also commended INEC for conducting credible and
It is reported that other
recipients of the certificates of return were three senators and eight members
of House of Representatives.