Abdulsalam, lawmaker bemoan voter apathy

By Ummi Ismaeel

Former Military President, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, and the Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmed Marafa Guni, have raised concerns over the position of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a political party at the expiration of the eight years of the incumbent President Muhammad Buhari in 2023.
Marafa Guni spoke to newsmen after casting his vote at Sabon-Gari Area, Minna, the Niger State capital on Saturday.
He said that it was regrettable that voters turnout was not encouraging compared to that of Presidential and National Assembly electioms held on February 23, 2019.
The Speaker however expressed appreciation to Nigerlites for coming out to vote and conducting themselves peacefully during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said, ''Honesty speaking, you raised a vital question. I have been pondering upon the fate of
the APC at the expiration of the eight years tenure of President
Muhammadu Buhariin 2023.
''You see, these issues of after voting for President Buhari then everybody will sit back at home, honestly is a thing of concern to every discernible Nigerians. ''What we are witnessing in
today's election can affect even me because I am recontesting for second term as a member of Niger State House of Assembly. But I have confident that I will win."
The Speaker also expressed reservations over the level vote buying especially a situation where voters offered themselves for sale at the polling units, saying, "It baffled me when I went to cast my vote at the pulling unit, I saw some people just standing by advertising themselves for the highest bidders to buy their votes".
Meanwhile, the former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, in reaction to voters apathy trailing Saturday's Governorship and House of Assembly election said that it was shocking that voters refused to turnout.
After casting his votes at his Uphill polling unit, Abdulsalam said, ''I am short of words to describe the low turnout of today's elections because the difference is clear when compared to the large turnout of the last Presidential and National Assembly election'.
"Certainly, the turnout of voters during the Presidential and National Assembly elections is much when compared to that of today (Governorship and State House of Assembly elections)''.
The former Nigerian leader said, ''Probably because people are tired or because they were disenfranchised during the previous elections but one thing that is glaring is that the turnout in today's election is low''. Gen. Abubakar however said that he was happy that despite display of aparthy on the side of the electorate, there was still peace and maintenance of Law and order by Nigerlites who decided against the odds to come
out and vote candidates of their choice.
Abdulsalam however advised losers and winners to take the outcome in good fate.

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