From: Ruth Yarnap Bauchi
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state has expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the local government election in the state.
The Governor said this after he cast his vote alongside his wife, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed at his polling unit at Central Primary School, Duguri, in Duguri District of Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state at about 12pm due to late arrival of election materials in the area.
According to him, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will emerge victorious across the state in the election.
The Governor said: “I have seen how the election is going on smoothly and peacefully and I thank the people of Bauchi for their compliance to electoral guidelines”.
He added that the conduct of the elections is in fulfilment of his campaign promise of conducting the polls in order to ensure adherence to the rule of law.
“This election is in fulfilment of my promise to Nigerians that we will conduct the most credible election not because we are better but for us to go back to the rule of law. I am so much happy that at least we are salvaging our promise,” he said.
According to him, the election is being conducted peacefully and in accordance with the Electoral Act and the guidelines set by the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC).
So far, he added that the BASIEC is conducting its assigned responsibilities without any interference from the state government.
He revealed that his administration did nothing to tamper with the electoral body’s board set up by the previous administration in the state.
This, he stated, he did believing that members of the board are Bauchi State indigenes, adding that he did not want to be partisan.
“The Board of BASIEC was set up by my predecessor and I allowed them to continue believing that they are Bauchi State indigenes and it is not about a partisan exercise, but about making sure we go for the rule of law and those in the Commission should not be partisan,” he said.