Niger State Governor hails Electoral body

By Timothy Choji, Abuja


The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has praised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and security agencies for conducting the 2019 general elections successfully.

Governor Bello gave the commendation on Thursday while speaking to Journalists after paying a congratulatory visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

“I think INEC did extremely well, the security agencies did very well as well. It is not unusual when you hold elections in a country like Nigeria where you have so many units to have issues with one or two units. If you look at the number of polling units, compare to the ones that have issues, probably, it’s less two or five percent. But generally, the elections went well.

“I come to congratulate Mr President on his victory in the just concluded election, he also congratulated me and I wished him well. We congratulated ourselves and other matters we discussed were strictly private,”he stated.

The Governor assured the citizens of Niger State of better days ahead as he assumes a second term of office in May.

“Niger State should be rest assured that we are committed to providing dividends of democracy, we are to completing the projects we have started, in addition to the new ones we want to embark on that will be of benefit to the general public.  So, there is still a long way to go, there’s a lot work to be done. We’ll get on it as soon as possible,” he said.

On the decision by the People’s Democratic Party PDP to challenge the result of the Presidential election in court, Governor Bello said: “It’s not unusual, when you loss elections, you go to court for so many reasons. It could be that you think you won or it could be that someone is telling you that you have won or it could be that someone is telling you some miracles can happen.

”It could also be that someone wants to get money off you. So there is no reason after free and fair elections been conducted and it’s clear in the eyes of the world one still believes that there is as shoddy dealings. Anyone who feels dissatisfied is free to approach a court of law. It’s a free world; everyone is entitled to his opinion. But honestly, from what I saw in Niger, this election has been the fairest election we have conducted so far.”


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