Al-Makura cast vote late evening, calls for tolerance

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Governor-Umaru-Tanko-Al-MakuraGov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state on Saturday voted late evening in Lafia.

He urged eligible voters to tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation.

Al-Makura made the call after he casted his vote in Lungun Wambai, Ciroma ward in Lafia.

He also enjoined the electorate to be patient, law abiding and respect constituted authority in the interest of peace and national development.

“First and foremost, I want to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the introduction of card reader; apart from fighting electoral fraud, rigging, it will also instil confidence of Nigerians on the electoral system.

“The card readers would authenticate the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and verify if the bearer was the owner or not; if you are the owner of the card, it will say so, if it is fake it will reject it; only PVCs issued by INEC will work and Nigerians will have confidence on it.

“The use of card readers would not only check electoral fraud but it will also instil confidence on Nigerians on electoral system and urged Nigerians to cooperate with the electoral commission in order to have the most free and fairest election in the country,” he said.

He commended the electorate for their massive turn out to exercise their civic right in order to entrench good governance.

However, the governor urged them not to engage in any violent act that would tarnish their image for the overall development of the country.

Mr Thomas Anzaku, a voter from Gayam ward Unit 003, said despite the challenges experienced on the use of the card readers, he would wait in his polling unit until his vote is counted in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

He called on the electorate to defend their votes against political manipulation and rigging in order to ensure free, fair and credible election.

Mrs Zainab Danjuma, a voter from Ciroma ward, Unit 31, said: “Nigerians should continue to support INEC in order to achieve a transparent, acceptable and violence free election.”

She also urged eligible voters not to panic as a result of the hitches experienced during the election and called on them to continue to pray for the successful and peaceful end of the polls. (NAN)