Elections: Zulum votes in Mafa, lauds election process

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Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has cast his vote at Ajari unit 006 in Mafa town, headquarters of Mafa local government area of Borno state the ongoing presidential and national assembly elections being held across the country.

Blueprint gathered that Zulum voted at about 12pm.

The Governor drove from Maiduguri to Mafa, which is around 50 kilometers away from the state capital.

 Speaking to journalists shortly after voting, Governor Zulum expressed satisfaction with the voting process at his unit, describing it hitch free.

“I just cast my vote here at my polling unit, and based on what I have seen so far, the voting process is going on smoothly. It has taken a very short time for me to be accredited and cast my vote, I believe the other polling units will be like this one.” Zulum said.

The Governor expressed delight at the turnout in Mafa, his hometown located in the central part of Borno State.

He urged citizens to exercise their franchise in peaceful and orderly manner.

Zulum however, noted that few complaints were received in Maiduguri associated with Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).

“I have received some complaints in Maiduguri regarding BVAS, so while I commend what I have seen here, I can’t talk of the entire state until I get reports from out agents from the 27 local government areas” Zulum said.

The Governor also expressed delight at the turnout in Mafa, his hometown located in the central part of Borno State. He urged the people to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and orderly manner.

Meanwhile, the APC Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima after casting his vote at his to polling unit Shettimari  Kukari Polling Unit 001,  Lamusala Jabbamari ward , Maiduguri .

He said,”We cannot afford to be divided politics despite the fact that we all have our differences in political affiliation.

” What is important is irrespective of our political differences and political affiliation. Everybody has his intelligence, knowledge, experience, capability and ideology. What is important for us to do now as citizens of this country is to be united for the benefit of the nation. The hope of the Blackman is to continue to live in peace and in good living condition. And one out of four Nigerians is a Blackman. We are satisfied with the conduct of the election. And I believe we are going to win the election.

”But winning is one thing and the second is the need for conventional unity and I know Bola Tinubu and I believe in national unity cohesion and progress. We have the generosity of winning the election.  But wining has another part which is the long for conventional unity and stabilization of the country.

‘‘Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu has that maturity, experience, intelligence,  genrrpusity, exposure and ability to lead us and even  do better. What we need to do now is tom em,brace all Nigerians with a common destination. We eventually one people; with a common destination.

 ”We should be after the elections and forge ahead.  We have to give INEC benefits of some doubts. It is too earlier for anyone to start judging INEC capability. But they have some their best and doing whatever it is possible to ensure a conclusive and successful.

”We know INEC knows what it is doing. They wil extend the time to give or allow voters vote. They would be able to give Nigerians the right to vote even it will mean the election will hold up to 6 pm.

” Because in most places INEC did not start on time. Elections materials were delayed and election officials arrived late and in some instances election materials and staff were unavailability at the Polling unit or absent as they did not arrive on time and start election on time,” Kashim said.

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