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Abdulsalami, Mark, Tambuwal hail INEC, voters

Former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar

Former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar
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The   Independent National Electoral Commission has been given the thumbs up for the conduct of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the country on Saturday.

Former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar, governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Umaru Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Abdul’aziz Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), commended the electoral body for improving on its performance in the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections. They also praised voters for exhibiting good conduct at polling centres.

Senate President David Mark;   House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal; Minority Senate Leader George Akume; and Minister of Special Duties Kabiru Tanimu;   who also hailed the conduct of the elections, backed the use of the card readers.

Abdulsalami, who spoke to reporters at the Hilltop polling unit in Minna, Niger State, said, “I am happy to see the entire electoral process going on smoother and faster.”

Lamido told the News Agency of Nigeria after casting his ballot   at Bamaina A polling unit in Birninkudu Local Government, that there was an improvement on the   process, especially the card readers.

Al-Makura, who is the All Progressives Congress candidate for the Nasarawa governorship poll, told NAN after casting his vote in Lafia that INEC should be commended over the exercise.

The governor said, “This election is the best, peaceful and orderly; one needs to laud INEC for its effort.

“INEC has corrected the mistakes that occurred in the last election and this made the accreditation very smooth.”

Yari said at Rumfar Malam Isah polling unit in Talata-Mafara that he received reports that the election went peacefully in other parts of the state.

The APC candidate for Zamfara governorship poll also praised security for ensuring peace at polling units.

Gaidam applauded INEC for the early arrival of electoral materials at the 17 local governments in Yobe.

“I have observed that INEC has improved on the use of the card readers as accreditation is faster than experienced during the Presidential and National Assembly elections,’’ the governor told NAN after casting his vote in Bukarti.

Dankwambo, who is the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for the Gombe governorship poll, said he was satisfied with the turnout and the conduct of the election.

Wamakko commended INEC for the success of the polls and praised the turnout.

Kwankwaso after casting his vote at Kwankwaso in Madobi Local Government, Kano praised voters for coming out in large numbers to cast their ballots.

“This is a clear indication that democracy has come to stay in the country,” he said.

Mark, after voting in Otukpo, Benue State, commended the security agencies for the safety of voters, electoral materials and personnel.

He, however, expressed regret that the card readers still posed challenges to the accreditation process and called on INEC to improve on its performance.

“The exercise is peaceful, transparent and credible so far. We only hope that this smooth process is not truncated by enemies of democracy,’’ Akume said after voting in Wannune, Tarka Local Government, Benue.

Tambuwal, who is the APC candidate for the Sokoto governorship poll, said he was happy with the conduct of the elections in the state.

Tanimu, who voted at the Nasarawa1polling unit, said the election had increased the credibility of INEC and called for sustenance of the system in subsequent elections.

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