By Wole Mosadomi
Minna — Niger State Governor Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to give clear directive on the mode of voting to be adopted in the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections to avoid confusion.
Aliyu regretted the type of confusion experienced in the presidential election when both the card readers and the manual system were used.
The governor, who was defeated in the senatorial election, said that he called the winner David Umaru, seven times to congratulate him, but stressed that his phone calls were neither picked or returned.
Addressing newsmen at the Government House, Minna, he said that if the INEC intended to use both the card readers and manual accreditation, the voters and the electoral officers should be aware of the development ahead of the next election.
He also advised INEC to start training its staff towards the use of the electronic voting ahead of the 2019 general elections instead of always waiting until the last minute.
‘’We should start training our staff about electronic voting now and not until when it is six weeks to elections,’’ he remarked
He praised INEC for a job well done in last Saturday’s election, adding that the smooth conduct of the elections had added more value to the entrenchment of democracy in the country.
Reacting to his defeat at the polls, Aliyu simply said: ‘’It is the will of God and an accumulation of issues,’’ which he said, would give him and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ‘’the chance to be strategical.’’
He stressed that he had already conceded defeat to the winner, David Umaru, adding that he had called him and sent text to him severally, but without any response from him.