Niger State governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to give clear directive on the mode of voting by the electorate at the April 11 governorship and house of assembly elections.
Aliyu said the request had become necessary to remove any form of confusion on the part of voters as happened during the presidential and National Assembly polls, when manual voting was allowed at the last minute.
The governor made the remarks when he addressed the media on the outcome of the presidential and National Assembly elections where he conceded defeat and disclosed that he had congratulated all those who won election in last Saturdays polls.
He said if the INEC intends to use both the card reader and manual voting this should be made known in time for proper education of the electorate, adding that INECT should also start training its staff on the adoption of electronic mode of voting ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“We should start training our staff about electronic voting now not until when it is 6 weeks to election.”
While praising INEC for a job well done, Aliyu said last Saturday’s election “has added more value to the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria.”
He described his defeat as “the will of God and an accumulation of issues” which he said would give him and the Peoples Democratic Party “a chance to re-strategise.”
Aliyu also congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for his gentlemanly approach by congratulating the president-elect, adding that his action had gone a long way to douse tension in the land.
He expressed the hope that both President Jonathan and President -elect Buhari would work together to ensure a smooth transition on May 29 this year.
Governor Aliyu urged the electorate to turn out in their numbers for the April 11 governorship and state houses of assembly election, and that they should comport themselves in peaceful and orderly manners.
Defending the imposition of curfew on parts of the state, he said government took the decision to avoid the jubilation by supporters of victorious candidates from going out of hand, pointing that at least two persons had lost their lives while a number of others were injured during jubilation.