The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has joined thousands of residents of Takum Local Government Area, to vote in council executives election.
The Governor who cast his vote at Kurupanti polling unit Gutu ward Takum, described the election process as peaceful and transparent, saying the voters turnout was impressive.
“Before coming to my polling unit, I have gone to observe other polling units and I can tell you that the process is peaceful and transparent, I have also heard from my Deputy who is voting at Gassol LGA and he said everything is going on peaceful and other places have also reported peaceful conduct of the exercise so I can tell you it is all peaceful,” he said.
Contrary to the insinuation that council executives were imposed on the people against their choice by the government, Governor Ishaku stressed that the selection process of the party’s flag bearers was transparent and consensus were reached even at the primaries to avoid crisis.
He said; “I am the Father of democracy I can never allow the imposition of candidates against the will of the people, that why right at the primaries we decided to go by consensus, to avoid crisis and the people decided who should represent them.”
Voting is optional
Commenting on the boycott of the council election by the All Progressives Congress Party, APC, the Governor noted that the participation in the council election was optional and the party has it’s rights not to participate.
Governor Ishaku who has been away from his home town Takum since his re-election as Governor of the state in 2019, expressed concern over the communal crisis that have ravaged the region in the recent times.
He said the government and all the security agencies have been work round the clock to bring lasting solution to the crisis.
“I have often tell my people to give me peace and I will give them development because when there is no peace there won’t be any meaningful development,”the Governor added.
The State Independent Electoral Commission, TSIEC said that 17 out of 18 registered political parties are participating in the state council election.