Supplementary Elections: Tinubu urges Nigerians to shun violence

THE president-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged Nigerians to remain calm and peaceful during the supplementary election.

The election will hold on Saturday, April 15, in Kebbi and Adamawa states, five senatorial districts, and 31 federal and 58 state assembly constituencies across the federation.

Ahead of the election, the president-elect asked Nigerians to shun violence as it is the final leg of the polls.

Tinubu, who is out of the country, said this in a statement he issued on Friday.

“I call on Nigerians in the areas slated for the polls to conduct themselves peacefully and eschew violence and any act prejudicial to orderly electoral processes.

“We must ensure that the electoral processes are brought to a final, peaceful conclusion. I urge all Nigerians in areas where the additional polls will take place to eschew violence and conduct themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner,” he said.

He also called on APC supporters to come out in large numbers and vote for the party supporters.

“I must also use this opportunity to enjoin my All Progressives Congress members and the teeming supporters in the areas listed for the polls to come out in their large numbers to cast their votes for the party’s candidates.

“Our party members and supporters should vote overwhelmingly for APC to complement and solidify the victory we recorded in the earlier polls. This will no doubt help in the effective functioning of government at the federal and state levels for the benefit of our people,” he said.

Following the February 25 presidential/National Assembly elections, and the March 18 governorship/state assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that it would conduct outstanding governorship and national and state assembly supplementary elections.

The two states with outstanding governorship elections, Adamawa and Kebbi, had been declared inconclusive in the March governorship poll.



    In the Adamawa governorship poll, the incumbent Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 421,524, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Aishatu Dahiru, scored 390,275,  but INEC declared the election inconclusive due to vote margin.

    In Kebbi, the APC polled 388,258 votes, while PDP had 342,980 and the election was declared inconclusive.

    According to INEC returning officer in the state, Professor Yusuf Sa’idu, violence, destruction of election materials, disruption of electoral proceedings, and over-voting played a role in the decision.

    Also, elections in the five senatorial districts and 31 federal and 58 state assembly constituencies were suspended or declared inconclusive.

    Beloved John is an investigative reporter with International Centre for Investigative Reporting.

    You can reach her via: [email protected]

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