By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Former Vice President and PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has faulted the entire electoral process describing it as full of malpractices and irregularities.
Atiku who made the observation after casting his vote at his Ajiya ward polling unit 012, decried the poor turn out of voters during the gubernatorial and State Assembly elections.
He attributed the low voter turn out to voters’ apathy arising from the malpractices in the last presidential election.
“I abhor the participation of the military in the electoral process. It was absolutely unconstitutional and absolutely unnecessary”.
“I have no faith in the process and call on the leadership of the nation to come together to redress the challenges faced in the last election,” Atiku stated.
Despite all these setbacks, the Wazirin Adamawa is optimistic that the PDP will emerge victorious in Saturday March 9, elections.
While urging the people to be calm and orderly while waiting for the final outcome, he promised them that measures will be taken to redress the anomaly.
In another development, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who cast his vote at his Gwadabawa ward 009 polling unit lauded the electoral process.
He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for their innovation which has enhanced and quickened the voting process.
Mustapha who noticed the apparent low voters turn out said that the success recorded in the last election may have made people to relax and may come out later to exercise their franchise.
Also commenting, the gubernatorial candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC), in the state, AbdulAziz Nyako, who cast his vote at Gwadabawa ward polling unit 014 at exactly 8:42am, commended the smooth conduct of the election.
Nyako expressed hope of defeating his rivals at the polls.
He however said it was still early to make any speculation on voters turn out, as voting will still go on till 2:00pm.
The Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly, Kabir Mijinyawa commended INEC for ensuring a well organized and peaceful election.
The speaker who gave the commendation immediately after casting his vote at his Addarawo polling unit 009, was also worried over low turn out of voters.
Mijinyawa told New Nigerian that he is confident of winning the elections.