Nigeria’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara says the low turn out of voters in Bauchi for the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections today was a sign that ”voters are not happy that their votes did not count at the Presidential and National Assembly election”.
Austine Tsenzughul reports from Bauchi
Dogara in company of his Wife, Gimbiya Dogara arrived at Gwaranga Primary School, Bogoro, Polling Unit at 11:38 this morning spotting a navy blue Kaftan with shoes and skull cap to match, cast his vote at 11:41 amidst cheers from his supporters.
The Speaker who was not rejected this time by the Card Reader, attributed the low turn out to voters disappointment over Presidential and National Assembly election results.
Speaking to reporters shortly after he voted, the Speaker hailed the peaceful conduct of the election in his ward.
“From the conduct of the election, I think, it is peaceful, but what I have seen here is that there is no mammoth crowd like the last election.I don’t know what happened and some of you who were here during the election saw the crowd, but I can’t see that kind of turn out here today. I don’t know what is responsible for that, may be voter’s apathy”
Speaker Dogara appealed to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be fair and respect the will of the electorate.
At Gwaranga, where Hon. Dogara voted, Assistant Presiding office, Miss Loveline Joshua informed that ”we arrived here at 6:00 am,with all the needed materials,but voters did not turn up until 8:30am.
Most of the polling points I visited in Bogoro, had no challenges from their Card Readers, except for the low turn out.
I visited more than 40 polling units within and outside the state capital, and observed that, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) floored the All Progressive Congress(APC) at Makama Sarai Baki Ward, B Unit, Bauchi metropolis, where incumbent Governor Mohammed Abubakar voted today.
Gov. Abubakar after casting his vote told Journalists that he will accept the out come of the people’s judgement.
“I will accept what the people have chosen, because, I know power comes from God, and He gives power to whoever He wants”.