Apathy Mars Adamawa LG Elections

Apathy and low turnout of voters characterised last weekend’s elections in the 21 local government areas in Adamawa State. This is as the All Progressives Congress, APC, won the Minjibir constituency by-election in Kano State.

INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu

Vanguard observed that in most of the local governments, except Yola North and Yola South, less than 100 voters were recorded at the polling stations. In most cases, elections were not held as prospective voters waited endlessly for election officials, who did not turn up.

Vanguard correspondent, who monitored the election in the Northern senatorial zone, hitherto ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency, reported that the situation was not different from what happened in other parts of the state.

The military was on ground to ensure security. At press time, the results of the elections are being awaited.

Meanwhile, it was victory for Kano State chapter of APC in the weekend by-election, following a landslide victory in the constituency election. Announcing results of the hotly contested election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Tasi’u Ibrahim of APC winner of the state House of Assembly by-election in Minjibir.

The Returning Officer, Professor Abu Mohammed, said the APC candidate polled 21,970 votes to defeat 14 other contestants.

Professor Mohammad disclosed that Auwalu Ubale of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, who was purported to have withdrawn from the race, came a distant second with 1,238 votes.

He commended stakeholders for their cooperation and security personnel for their efforts toward ensuring peace. The Minjibir election was botched last April 30 due to security challenges.