Abuja residents troop out to elect councillors

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

Residents of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have trooped out in their numbers to elect their representatives into the six area councils for the next three years.

When Voice of Nigeria visited Abuja Municipal Area Council, accreditation of voters and voting commenced as early as eight o’clock this morning in some of the polling stations.

Speaking in an interview with Voice of Nigeria, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the FCT, Mr Jacob Jatau assured the residents of a hitch free and transparent exercise.

He noted that some short comings observed in  ]re-run elections across the country had been taken care of by the commission.

He also explained that about 44 observer groups had been accredited to monitor the exercise in all the six area councils in the territory.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner reassured the electorate that security personnel had been fully mobilized to take care of any trouble maker at every poll unit.

He enjoined the voters to conduct themselves peacefully during and after the exercise.

Commenting on what measures the Commission had taken to avoid an inconclusive election as observed in some parts of the country, Mr Jatau said the commission was always ready, stressing that politicians and their thuggery were the reason for some of the inconclusive elections in the country.

He enjoined the politicians and supporters to always play by the rules and desist from politics of do or die affair, noting that power comes from God.