Niger commends Nigeria’s support in concluded presidential election

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Nigerian government has been commended for the role it played in the just concluded presidential run-off in the republic of Niger.

The Consul General in the Niger Republic Consulate, Kano north western Nigeria, Hajiya Rabi Abdou-Dodo, commended the Nigerian government for its support towards the success of the Presidential election.

The Consul specifically hailed the Federal Government for providing adequate security personnel at election centres.

“We felt it necessary to thank the Nigerian government for the support it had given us since the first round of the election held last month and the one concluded this Sunday”,  she said.

She also thanked the Kano state government for the support it had given to the Consulate in ensuring that the exercise was hitch-free.

Similarly, The Independent National Electoral Commission of Niger Republic ,CENI, representative in Kano, Iliyasu Sama’ila said they were satisfied with the conduct of the election,  which was made easier by security personnel deployed to the Consulate  by the Nigerian government.

“We must commend the Nigeria security personnel who stayed with us since morning in order to provide security”, he said.

The CENI representative, Sama’ila while announcing the result said the incumbent President, Mahamadou Issoufou of the PNDS-Tarayya got 757 votes to defeat his opponent, Hama Amadou of the Moden/FA Lumana-Africa, who came second with 32 votes.

He also thanked staff of the commission and the Consulate for their contributions toward the success of the exercise.

The Consul General, Abdou-Dodo expressed satisfaction with large turnout of voters particularly women who trooped to the centre as early as possible in order to exercise their civic and constitutional rights.

She advised oppositions to accept the outcome of the election so as to move the country forward.

“We have to use this opportunity to call on the opposition to accept the outcome of the election in good faith so as to move the state forward “,  she said.

She attributed the success recorded in election to enlightenment tour of 19 northern states she carried out before the election.

She, however, urged citizens of the country living in Nigeria to continue to exhibit high sense of responsibility and ensure peaceful coexistence among their respective host communities.