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Kwara Polls: Card Readers not used in over 70% of Polling Units, Saraki alleges

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Rayyan Alhassan
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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Senate President Bukola Saraki has alleged that while the last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara state was generally peaceful, there were inadequacies like the card readers not used in over 70 per cent of the polling units.

Mr Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also alleged that there were multiple voting, over-voting and other discrepancies that were reported by the agents of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, across the state.

According to him, it is not yet Uhuru for the APC as the state chapter of his party would take a position on the right response to these inadequacies.

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“However, whatever the final outcome of the election, I wish the candidates that have emerged all the best in their attempts to serve our people. It is my prayers that the good people of Kwara State will always have the best from any government both at state and federal levels.

“As a product of a family and a political structure that is, from its foundation, devoted to the service and development of our state and its people, it is my wish that our people will always have a good deal at all times.

“The new development will even provide the people with the opportunity to compare and contrast. After all, the people who have emerged from last Saturday’s election are not my enemies. They are fellow Kwarans.

“As we prepare for the March 9, 2019 Governorship and House of Assembly elections, let me reiterate my position that the candidates of the PDP in the election represent the best materials for our dear State, Kwara.

“Therefore, I enjoin our people to come out en masse on Election Day and vote for them. I am going to work with our party leaders to further sell the PDP candidates to the general public.

“I thank all Nigerians for their goodwill and to enjoin all of us that as we patiently await the outcome of the Presidential election, we pray for peace, unity and genuine development in our country.

“It is also our prayers that at all times, the wish of the people will always prevail in the choice of the leadership and the electorate will always enjoy the benefit of good governance”, Mr Saraki stated.

The senate president, however, wished the candidates who emerged from the election the best of luck.

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