Aviation minister Hadi Sirika lament poor voter turnout

Aviation minister Hadi Sirika lament poor voter turnout

- Aviation minister Hadi Sirika says he is unhappy with low voter turnout in Saturday's governorship and state assembly elections in Katsina state.

- Sirika urged voters to always come out to vote because that is the only way to sustain democracy and good governance in Nigeria

- The minister also urged greater punishment for perpetrators of electoral violence in the country

The minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has expressed dissatisfaction at the low turn-out of voters during the Saturday, March 9 governorship and state assembly elections in Katsina state.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sirika spoke in an interview with newsmen at Shargalle town in Dutsi Local Government Area of Katsina state, on Saturday.

The minister is however impressed with the way the election was conducted throughout the 34 local government areas of the state.

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He voters to always come out en mass and vote for candidates of their choice because good governance is achieved only through democratic process.

“The essence of governance is security of life and property and then improvement of living conditions of our people and you can see that is only achievable by way of democracy and through elections. These elections are done in a peaceful and conducive environment.

“So, I think the people understood this – that was why they came out two weeks ago en mass, to vote our president, Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the APC.

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“And today also they have come out to vote the candidates of their choice. So I do believe that they understand this and I also call upon them to participate in the process because participation in the process is the guarantee to good governance.

“If you don’t participate you have no reason to complain; if you don’t participate you don’t understand the rigours in it and you don’t appreciate the success and you don’t appreciate the failure,’’ he said.

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On the reported cases of electoral violence across the country, Sirika advocated for stiffer punishment for electoral offenders, to serve as deterrence to others.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday delivered his polling unit 003, Kofar Baru III (A and B) Daura, Katsina state, to the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate for the state, Aminu Masari, with 370 votes.

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Lado Danmarke, scored 33 votes to come second at the polling unit.

The result of the state House Assembly at the unit indicated that the APC candidate for the Daura constituency, Nasir Yahaya, got 336 as against 40 votes scored by Lawal Husseini, the PDP candidate.

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