Chairman of the stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rimi Local Government, Katsina State, Alhaji Salisu Mamman; Special Adviser to the State Government on Livestock and Grazing Reserve, Dr. Lawal Usman Bajuwa, and the Managing Director of Katsina Road Maintenace Agency (KASROMA), Engr. Sirajo Yazid Abukur, have lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for giving the state technology and security architecture that worked optimally without glitches in Saturday’s elections.
The trio applauded the improvement in the conduct of governorship and the state house of assembly elections across the state in separate interactions with newsmen.
Salisu Mamman, who is also the Chief Executive of Continental Computer Group, said he could not hide his excitement with the efficiency of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines, logistics and security architecture during the elections, saying they were a clear sign that APC led-government remained committed to free, fair and credible elections.
“I am a technologist and I know that there is an inherent benefit in using technology in whatever you do, especially by deploying it in our electioneering because it encourages transparency, accountability, equity and fairness,” he said
Alhaji Mamman noted that the security forces operations during the elections deserved kudos in ensuring that the response time for deployment of security agencies was extremely high whenever there were issues.
He explained that the security agencies responded very quickly where there were challenges and the response time was excellent during the Saturday’s elections unlike in previous polls.
The business guru turned political bigwig was quite emphatic that the victories of the ruling party’s governorship and state assembly candidate did not come as a surprise because the APC had gathered a lot of momentum in the state and the nation ahead of the polls.
Also speaking to newsmen, Dr. Lawal Usman Bajuwa, Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Bello Masari, said the reality on ground was that the environment was conducive for transparent elections.
“As far as I am concerned, INEC has done well in the elections compared to the (2023) Presidential and National Assembly Elections. Everything went on smoothly. So, I think, there is a lot of improvement in this (March 18) INEC elections. I believe if they continue like this, we will not have problems with subsequent elections,” said Bajuwa.
In his reaction, Chief Executive of KASROMA, Engr. Sirajo Yazid Abukur, said, contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the elections witnessed massive turnout of voters in his constituency and other local government areas than during the previous polls.
He noted that the outcome of the peaceful and credible elections last Saturday couldn’t have been otherwise in the state under the watch of Governor Masari, President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders.
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