Despite Boko Haram, Yobe Council Polls Witness Large Turnout - PREMIUM TIMES

Date: 28-12-2013 9:07 pm (7 years ago) | Author: Jossy Donald
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Voters across Yobe on Saturday turned out in large numbers to cast their votes to elect chairmen and councillors of the 17 local government areas in the state.

A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who visited some polling booths in the capital Damaturu as well as some local government areas reports that scores of people lined up at the various polling booths as early as 7 a.m. to accredit and cast their votes.

A correspondent, who also visited Bamari, Kalalawa, Ajeri, Gaidam and Bukarti towns, also reported large turnout of voters.

There was, however, heavy security presence in all the polling booths as well as major streets in Damaturu with a combined team of soldiers, police, civil defence corps and immigration officers watching over.

Shops and other businesses were closed while restriction on movement was imposed throughout the state from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reports from other parts of the state also spoke of security build up to forestall any unforeseen circumstances.

Only 10 parties participated in the polls while the major opposition party in the state, the PDP, boycotted the election.

Speaking to journalists after casting his vote, the state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, said the conduct of the election had proved skeptics wrong on the security situation in the state.

He blamed “mischievous politicians’’ for raising false alarm of a possible breakdown of law of order in the state.

Yobe is one of the three states under emergency rule following the activities of the Boko Haram.

“We know what is going on here because we are here on the ground. We know the security situation in our state that is why we went ahead to conduct the election,” Mr. Gaidam said.

The governor said that from the reports he received, eligible voters cast their votes peacefully in all the 17 local government areas in the state.

“You can see we have gotten relative peace when I was coming here; I inspected about three areas and the elections were going on peacefully and I am sure we will conclude it safely.

“So, I think politicians should stop making noise since they are not on ground. We are the ones on the ground; anytime this kind of thing is happening, they should call us to give them the true positions of things on the ground,’’ Mr. Gaidam said.

Also speaking to journalists, a member of the House of Representatives, Goni Lawal, described the election as successful, adding that many people came out to cast their votes.

Mr. Lawal said that he went round about 10 local government areas to inspect the conduct of the polls and found that a large turnout of voters was recorded in the many areas.

Femi Bafunsho, Chairman Justice and Equity for All, an NGO, who was observing the conduct of the polls, said the turnout in most polling units was commendable.

The Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Hannatu Binyat, said that reports received from across the state indicate a peaceful conduct of the elections.

(NAN)



Posted: at 28-12-2013 09:07 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
- IDOKOO at 29-12-2013 06:52 AM (7 years ago)
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Una stil dey gather vote 4 there ba ? e-bi like say d killing sef dey sweet una
Posted: at 29-12-2013 06:52 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Dames at 29-12-2013 07:02 AM (7 years ago)
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Nice one jare, they refused to be intimidated...
Posted: at 29-12-2013 07:02 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- osamabinladin at 29-12-2013 08:45 AM (7 years ago)
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Alright !
Posted: at 29-12-2013 08:45 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- dareper at 29-12-2013 08:57 AM (7 years ago)
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Their business
Posted: at 29-12-2013 08:57 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- angesco at 29-12-2013 10:58 AM (7 years ago)
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GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF YOBE COUNCIL.

WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW TERRORISTS RULE OUR LIVES - NORMAL LIVE SHOULD CONTINUE AND THAT NIGERIA REMAINS OOEN TO BUISNESS.

LETS ALL KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!
Posted: at 29-12-2013 10:58 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- angesco at 29-12-2013 11:00 AM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: angesco on 29-12-2013 10:58 AM
GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF YOBE COUNCIL.

WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW TERRORISTS RULE OUR LIVES - NORMAL LIVE SHOULD CONTINUE. LETS  SHOW THE WORLD THAT NIGERIA REMAINS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

LETS ALL KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!

Posted: at 29-12-2013 11:00 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Roshey09 at 29-12-2013 06:55 PM (7 years ago)
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Gd luck to dem
Posted: at 29-12-2013 06:55 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- felaman at 29-12-2013 09:07 PM (7 years ago)
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my girlfriend Oluchi want to kill me here with danceooooo abeg mak una do something
Posted: at 29-12-2013 09:07 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- paulohking at 30-12-2013 12:58 AM (7 years ago)
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Roll Eyes
Posted: at 30-12-2013 12:58 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Abusiddiq at 30-12-2013 01:04 PM (7 years ago)
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 Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided
Posted: at 30-12-2013 01:04 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- cadanre at 30-12-2013 01:06 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: felaman on 29-12-2013 09:07 PM
my girlfriend Oluchi want to kill me here with danceooooo abeg mak una do something

Mad fellow.

Posted: at 30-12-2013 01:06 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Fertymor at 30-12-2013 01:06 PM (7 years ago)
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Ok...
Posted: at 30-12-2013 01:06 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- winace at 30-12-2013 09:43 PM (7 years ago)
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Boko haram can only strike wen their sponsors ask them to
Posted: at 30-12-2013 09:43 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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