By Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari garnered more votes in the North East Region of Nigeria in 2019 Presidential election than he did in 2015 due to improved security.
The North East Zonal Director of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Campaign Organisation, Senator Ali Ndume said this on Thursday while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“Let me say that in 2015, we turned out half a million votes for the president in Borno State, giving him about 95%…I was thinking we were going to improve on that; I was looking at 97%.
“This time around, we have over 800,000 votes.
“It is okay, but I was expecting more than that to be frank,” he said.
Senator Ndume, who represents Borno South in Nigeria’s Senate, said the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly’s election from February 16 to 23 contributed to the reduction in the turnout of voters in the election.
“So, I was surprised when the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate was talking about Borno.
“In 2015, most of us were scattered all over the country, even outside the country as IDPS.This time around, I was able to go and vote in my local government. I slept in my local government.
“In 2015, we held our elections in IDP camps and turned out the vote…This time around, we went home with our people and turned out the votes.
“You will see in the governorship election, the voter turnout will be more. And we hope to win with landslide in Borno for example,” he explained.
Peaceful 9th Senate
Senator Ndume expects that with APC domination, the 9th Senate will be good and peaceful when it is convened in June this year.
He stated that the APC would not repeat the mistake it made when the 8th Senate was convened in 2015 by ensuring that it plays its role as the dominant party in the senate.
“We already have 64 and we are still counting. When you make a mistake, you learn from it and improve for the future…We are going to have a very good 9thAssembly, by God’s grace.
“We are expecting the party to play its role in the 9th Senate. We have learned from the mistake we made last time and we won’t repeat it,” Senator Ndume said.