By: Abdullahi Faruk, Birnin Kebbi
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for the visible improvement recorded at the 2023 Governorship and State Assembly Elections in Kebbi State.
Senator Abubakar Atiku made the commendation shortly after casting his vote at Garkar Mai Alelu polling unit,006 in Nasarawa 11, Birnin Kebbi this Saturday while fielding questions from newsmen.
He said, unlike the Presidential and National Assembly elections which was characterized by delay in the arrival of election materials and delay in the commencement of election in many polling units, the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections have witnessed significant improvement by INEC .
The Governorship and State Assembly Elections according to the governor, began on schedule with the availability of essential voting materials in most polling units on time .
‘ Unlike what happened in February, 25th Presidential and National Assembly elections, today, voting materials arrived early in most polling units.
” I remember during the 25th February election, voting materials in this particular unit, arrived at about 1:30 pm and voting commenced at about 2 pm.
‘ But today voting materials arrived by 8 am, many people have voted and it is still about 12 noon and many people are voting. Accreditation process seems to be moving well.
The Governor expressed delight with the large turn out of eligible voters, especially women and youths to excercise their franchise.
He commended INEC, Security Agencies,Civil Society Organisations , the Media and other stakeholders for the peaceful conduct of elections in Kebbi State.
The two wives of the Governor also took turn to excercise their civic responsibility.
Hajiya Aishatu Atiku Bagudu and Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu commended INEC for ensuring early arrival of voting materials to polling units which according to them signified tremendous improvement above the last presidential elections.
Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu acknowledged that women who came out in large numbers to excercise their franchise was at its highest peak in Kebbi State as evident in their massive turn out in today’s gubernatorial elections.