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Kwankwaso, Emir cast vote

2015-03-28 18:48
Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Kano - Voting has commenced in parts of Kano and Kaduna States for the presidential and national assembly elections holding on Saturday.

In Kano, Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso expressed satisfaction with the turnout of voters and arrangements made by INEC for the polls.

The governor made the remark shortly after he cast his vote at Kwankwaso Malamai Primary school, Tandu ward in Madobi Local Government Area of the state.

Kwankwanso specifically commended the electorate for their peaceful conduct during the accreditation and urged them to maintain the tempo in subsequent elections.

He said despite the challenges posed to the electorate by the introduction of the card reader, it would make the election credible and acceptable to all Nigerians.

The governor, therefore, called on voters to be patient with the hitches caused by the machine, to enable them exercise their constitutional right.

Kwankwaso expressed optimism that APC would get 80 per cent of the total votes cast in the state.

Also read: Cast your vote and leave, IG urges voters

He called on the people of the state to be law abiding in order to sustain peaceful coexistence in the state.

The Governor cast his vote in company of his wife, Hajiya Salamatu.

In Kaduna, voting has also commenced by 1:30pm in all polling stations where the accreditation commenced on time.

Reports from Sabo, Angwan Boro, Narayi, Tudun Wada indicated that the voters had formed long queues as they take turn to vote.

In Birnin Gwari, the Emir, Malam Zubairu Jubril was among the first to vote as the electorate exercise their franchise.

Meanwhile, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship candidate in Kaduna State, has urged INEC to investigate the causes of delayed arrival of materials and eletoral officers in the state.

He said this was necessary to prevent a reoccurrance in the next election.

He said the late arrival of materials and election officials to polling centres was a dent in the efforts of the electoral umpire to ensure hitch-free polls.

El-Rufai who spoke to newsmen shortly after his accreditation in Kaduna, noted that the situation would be bad in rural areas.

The APC candidate, however, commended the electoral umpire for insisting on the use of card reader machines.

"It didn't take two minutes for the card reader to take my finger print, but what didn't go well is why the accreditation should start two and half hour late, I am disappointed.''

The governorship candidate expressed the hope that the elections would be free, fair and credible.

In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Kebbi, Gen. Sarkin-Yaki Bello, said the hitches encountered with the card reader machines were "envisaged''.

Bello and his wife, Asama'u, were accredited at the Gesse polling unit in Birnin Kebbi.

He commended the prompt option adopted by INEC, and also appreciated efforts of security agencies to ensure peaceful polls.

Bello advised voters to shun sentiments and elect people of proven intergrity.

Read more on: apc  |  pdp  |  rabiu kwankwanso  |  kano  |  2015 election

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