The Local government election held in Kano state north western Nigeria is adjudged to be peaceful with massive turnout of voters at polling stations across the 44 Local Government Areas.
In some Polling stations visited in Nassarawa, Rimi Godo, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Tauroni, Kabo LGA among others, there were long queues of both male and female voters .
Although there was delay in delivery of voting materials in the early hours of the day but was overcome at a later part of the day. The delay was attributed to flight delay from the contractor that handled sensitive materials for the election.
A civil Defense officer in charge of security at the Galadimawa Primary school in Garo, Kabo LGA, Abdul Ibrahim said the voters have conducted themselves peacefully since the process started by 6 am and hope it will be so till 6 pm.
Residents also complied with the no-movement of vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles directive by the security agencies during the period of the election.
Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who spoke shortly after casting his vote at Ganduje ward, in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, at around 12:20 noon after joining queue, at the polling booth, noted that, “all votes counts.”
He said there was no superior and inferior vote during election, “my vote is not superior to any other vote in a democratic election. Governor’s vote is not superior to that of a carpenter or any other person.”
Ganduje said he joined the queue to cast his vote, because that was the normal way for any peaceful election to thrive, emphasizing that, “President Muhammadu Buhari is an orderly President who enjoined that people should be orderly all the time, including election period.
“I am impressed by the way the Kano State Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) prepared for the election. Election materials arrived at the appropriate time and the personnel appeared to be ready for an effective and efficient conduct.” The governor said.
Governor Ganduje commended the behaviour of voters at the polling station, noting that from the information reaching him the election was going on peacefully across the state.
Speaking to reporters after casting his vote the state commissioner for local government, Muhktalr Garo also said there was no report of violence across the 44 local government areas of the state stressing “the development was based on the electioneering campaign embarked upon across the three senatorial districts, development so far carried out in the state and media sensitization for people to eschew violence.”
He said its hoped that when the election result is fanally announced, the All progressive Congress, APC, would have won the 44 LGAs.
Results of the election is expected to be announced by the electoral empire after collation.