Lack of polling unit not referendum on me, says El-Rufai


The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has stated dropping his polling unit within the simply concluded native authorities election within the state just isn’t a referendum on him.

His polling unit was gained by the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, a factor he described as a referendum on the councillor and the efficiency of the chairman of the native council.

El-Rufai, who made this identified on Channels Tv’s Dawn Day by day programme on Monday, stated the consequence at his polling unit reveals that the electoral course of was not influenced in any method.

He stated, “People who reported that the machines had been programmed had been ashamed when it was reported that APC misplaced in my polling unit. Individuals had been laughing that I misplaced my polling unit, however it’s democracy that gained.

“I’m not on the poll, so it isn’t a referendum on me, it’s a referendum on the councillor and the efficiency of the chairman of the native council. The lack of my polling unit reveals that we didn’t programme these machines; we didn’t affect our unbiased electoral fee, and the entire thing has labored very effectively.

“The outcomes of the election up to now are a unifying second for our state which is what now we have been engaged on. We wish to work towards the narrative that the PDP is a celebration for part of the state, whereas the APC is a celebration for one more. Some individuals say PDP is a celebration of a spiritual affiliation, whereas the APC is that of one other.

“The outcomes of the election clearly present that we’re lastly uniting Kaduna State and individuals are making decisions primarily based on the efficiency of elected officers.”

The Governor revealed that the problems recorded in some native governments throughout the election are at the moment being attended to by the electoral physique.

He stated, “There are points that got here up and the electoral fee is engaged on them. Two LGAs are nonetheless contentious, the outcomes haven’t been communicated to me. I’ve been advised that in Kachia, one of many LGAs, the election is inconclusive as a result of the machines didn’t operate in lots of polling items. Soba is awaited, however up to now I’ll say that the train has gone moderately effectively.

“There may be little we are able to do to keep away from thugs snatching electoral machines, however you need to know that these machines are programmed to be disconnected remotely by the electoral fee. The machine additionally supplies its GPS location so you’ll be able to goal and go and recuperate it.”

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