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FCT Council polls: APC wins all polling units in Aso Rock

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday, won all polling units for both chairman and councilors hip elections at the presidential villa, Abuja.

An All Progressives Congress Party (APC) supporter waves a party flag while celebrating initial results released by the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano, on February 25, 2019, two days after general elections. – Nigeria’s main opposition on February 25 accused the ruling party of trying to rig presidential elections, as the incumbent made early gains but monitors voiced concern about polling day problems, including dozens of deaths. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of President Muhammadu Buhari of colluding with the electoral commission in an attempt to “manipulate the results”. (Photo AFP)

Despite the low turnout at the two polling units PU) 021 and 022 at the State House, the APC candidate for the chairmanship election scored 290 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate who polled 132 votes.

The APC polled 162 votes in PU 021 and 128 votes in PU 022 while the PDP scored 70 votes in PU 021 and 62 votes in PU 022 respectively.

For the councilorship election, the APC polled a total of 273 votes to defeat PDP which scored 151 votes from the two polling units at the villa.

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Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) arrived the two PUs located in the villa as early as 7:45am to wait for the arrival of voters.

Unlike the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 23, which featured massive voter turn out, the units were scanty with adhoc staff relaxing with virtually no work to do.

More than 2,600 voters who were accredited voted at the two polling stations in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Voting commenced at exactly 8:00am and ended at about 2:06pm. Accreditation and voting was done simultaneously in a peaceful atmosphere.

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari Abba Kyari was among some of the voters who cast their votes in the presidential villa.

Asked to comment on the low turn out for yesterday’s election, Abba Kyari simply noted, “Everyone has just one vote, interview the others too, not me”.

At the Abacha Barracks Polling Unit, a few kilometers to the presidential villa, the issue of voter apathy was not different as the station was empty with very few voters.

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Election materials however arrived at the Abacha Barracks polling station as early as 7:39am. The INEC official prepared and waited for voters who came bit by bit to cast their votes.

One of the Ad hoc staff confirmed to our Correspondent that the process was quite relaxed since voters just walk in and vote without cues and having to struggle.


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