Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar,retd.
Former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar (rtd) on Saturday urged candidates and their supporters to accept the outcome of the Governorship and State House of Assembly Election results in good faith.
Abdusalam made the call in an interview with newsmen shortly after casting his vote at his Up Hill Water Tank Polling Unit in Chanchaga Local government area of the state.
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Reports have it that Abdusalam was accompanied by his wife Hajiya Fatima Abubakar where they both cast their votes at 10:45am.
NAN report that Up Hill Water Tank Polling Unit has a total 1,679 registered voters.
Abubakar described the election as peaceful and well organised, although with low turnout of voters compared to Feb. 23 presidential and National assembly (NASS) elections that witnessed large turn of voters.
“The turnout of voters is not as much as that of the presidential and NASS elections, I don’t know why, but maybe people are tired and feel disenfranchised the last time they came to vote,” he said.
The former head of state commended the peaceful and orderly manner of electorates and urged them to continue to maintain peace and order.
He appealed to the various political party supporters to celebrate the outcome of the elections in a careful manner without endangering their lives and that of the public.
“When election results are announced, people should accept the outcome and in celebrating their victory, they should take lessons from the presidential victory celebration where people loss their lives in the cause of celebration,” he added.
He, however appealed to losers to accept defeat and channel their grievances in an appropriate way for peace and development of the country
NAN voters return to the polls to elect their state governors and legislators as well councillors for the six Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Councils.
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The electorate will vote for 1,082 candidates for the various positions, two weeks after the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The positions include governors in 29 States and 991 members of state Houses of Assembly as well as the six chairmen and 62 councillors for the Area Councils in the FCT.
The governorship election is taking place in 29 states as the elections in remaining seven other states of Edo, Kogi, Ondo, Ekiti, Anambra, Osun and Bayelsa were staggered and already conducted off-season by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
For the governorship election, no fewer than 1,063 candidates are contesting for the available 29 governorship seats.
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