- Nasir El-Rufai says the loss suffered by APC in the local council election in his ward happened because the people are not happy with the candidate
- The governor also said the fact that his polling unit was won by the Peoples Democratic Party showed that democracy prevailed
- Going further, Governor El Rufai added that the people voted for individuals on the ballot and not the party
It is no longer news that Nasir El-Rufai lost his polling unit in the just concluded local government election in the Kaduna state but the governor has refused to be blamed for the embarrassment.
According to him, the people did not vote against him. He said the vote was against the councillor and the performance of the chairman of the local council, PM News reports.
Specifically, the governor said the loss was not a referendum on him, Guardian newspaper added.
Going further, El Rufai argued that the fact that his polling unit was won by the Peoples Democratic Party showed that democracy prevailed.
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“Those that reported that the machines were programmed were ashamed when it was reported that APC lost in my polling unit. People were laughing that I lost my polling unit, but it is democracy that won.
“I’m not on the ballot, so it is not a referendum on me, it is a referendum on the councilor and the performance of the chairman of the local council. The loss of my polling unit shows that we did not programme these machines; we did not influence our independent electoral commission, and the whole thing has worked very well.
“The results of the election clearly show that we are finally uniting Kaduna State and people are making choices based on the performance of elected officials.”
2023 election: INEC targets 200,000 electronic voting machines
The machines are expected to cater for the 176,846 Polling Units in the country. This was disclosed by INEC national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye.
According to him, INEC’s in-house engineers are evaluating proposals submitted by 49 companies, both local and foreign, for the supply of the machines.
E-transmission of election results: Group writes US, demands visa ban on 80 senators
Meanwhile, a group known as Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora (DVND) has written a letter to the United States of America through its Nigerian ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, asking for a visa ban on all the senators who voted against the electronic transmission of election results.
The eighty senators included 52 that voted against the bill and the 28 senators that were absent at the red chamber on the voting day.
The DVND president, Timothy Sule, the group also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold assent on any electoral act bill that failed to incorporate electronic voting, order of elections to start with governorship elections.