Ilorin-Governors Bukola Saraki of Kwara and Jonah Jang of Plateau have said that the successes recorded in ongoing elections could be attributed to Nigerians’ quest for unity of the country.
Saraki told newsmen after casting his vote in Ilorin on Saturday that the election had vindicated Nigeria as a leader of Africa in terms of democratic ideals.
According to him, the entire Nigerians that took part in the exercise must be commended because they have demonstrated that Nigerian democracy has come of age and making steady progress.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the turnout of voters, which he explained was initially slow but later picked up and commended INEC, security agents and the electoral officers for their steadfastness in the conduct of the election.
Shortly after casting his vote, Jang said that the massive turn out for the presidential election was an indication that Nigerians were poised for a united nation.
Jang, who was accredited at 10.30 a.m., stayed back at the polling centre for about two hours before the voting commenced at exactly 12.30 p.m.
He commending the electorate for their patience and orderly manner and said that the turnout of voters was more than the numbers recorded in the previous one.
“The reports I have received so far across the State showed that today’s turn out was massive and more impressive than that what was witnessed last week,’’ he said.
Jang, who was accompanied by his wife, Talatu, noted that some voters had gone home after accreditation and appealed to them to go back to their polling units to cast their votes.
“This is the only way we can fulfill our promise of giving the President the highest votes possible from Plateau. I am happy that the exercise is peaceful and devoid of any rancour.”
Talatu, who cast her vote immediately after her husband, lauded the turn out of women and said that it was indicative of the success of her mobilisation efforts.
“I went round all the 17 local governments and I educated them to come out to vote for the right candidate and they heeded to my advice,” Talatu said.
The Coordinator, Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation in the State, Mr. Bulus Dareng, who also spoke to NAN, said that he was impressed by the large turn out.
“It shows that Nigerians were happy with the process and confident that their votes will count.
However, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria’s (ACPN) governorship candidate in Kwara, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, observed that the turnout was very low compared to last week.
According to her, people should realised that to vote is the responsibility of every citizen to the State and the country.
She said that people that shunned the exercise were not doing the country any good.
The Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Chief Timothy Ibitoye, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise and said that it complied with the electoral guidelines of the commission.