Bauchi by-election: Residents shun polling stations, head to farms

Bauchi by-election: Residents shun polling stations, head to farms

- Residents of some rural areas in the Bauchi-south senatorial district have shunned voting stations; choosing to go their farms instead

- A polling agent however said that such development was anticipated whenever elections take place during the farming season

- The by-election is being conducted, sequel to the death of the representative of the district at the Senate, Ali Wakili

Farming activities have taken their toll on the Saturday, August 11 Bauchi-south senatorial district by-election, with some rural areas recording low turnout of voters.

Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) covering the election report that as at 9am, the number of voters that turned out for accreditation and voting was not impressive.

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NAIJ.com gathers that in Begel town of Dass local government area, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Suleiman Abduljalal, a presiding officer II, said that most of the voters had gone to the farm.

In Mararaba Liman Katagum town of Bauchi local government and some other rural areas, the turnout was also unimpressive for the same reason.

However, a polling agent of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and a native of Begel, Abduljalal Garba, said that such development was anticipated whenever elections take place during the farming season.

“People normally go to farm in the morning, election or no election, but they will definitely come to cast their votes later in the day,” he assured.

In Tafawa Balewa town, Ezekiel Samson, a farmer who arrived late to the polling unit, said he had to leave for his farm early in the morning.

“My farm first, before voting. Most people have gone to the farm. They may come back to vote later,” he said.

In some polling units within Bauchi metropolis, voting commenced about 30 minutes behind the scheduled time of 8am, and turnout was also unimpressive as at that time.

At polling units in Yakubu Wanka, Kobi, Fadaman Mada and tirwun areas of Bauchi metropolis, among others, INEC officials, security personnel and party agents disclosed that the process was going on peacefully, and expressed hope that all would end well.

Bauchi-south senatorial district comprises of Bauchi, Tafawa Balewa, Toro, Dass, Bogoro, Kirfi and Alkaleri local government areas.

The by-election is being conducted, sequel to the death of the representative of the district at the Senate, Ali Wakili, on March 17, 2018.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Lawal Yahaya-Gumau, the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate for the Bauchi-south senatorial district by-election, said he will work towards the amendment of the Constitution to make President Muhammadu Buhari president for life, if elected.

Gumau , who is currently in his eight year at the House of Representatives on behalf of the Toro federal constituency, said protecting Buhari’s interest is the sole mandate he has, for going the Senate.

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Source: Naija.ng

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