The Oasis Reporters
March 9, 2019
Nigeria’s former Senate President, Senator David Mark has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) and all relevant authorities involved in the conduct of the elections to ensure that the result reflects the wishes of the electorate.
Senator Mark said shortly after voting at his Otukpo ward one, Benue State today, that democracy is best served when the wishes of the people are respected.
Senator Mark who voted along with his wife, Helen stated that election should ordinarily be seen as a referendum about the acceptance or rejection of candidates or parties by the people.
He stressed that Nigerians should accept democracy and all its tenets, rules and regulations saying that, “if the rules are not subverted, democracy remains the best form of government because it is participatory and representative”.
Senator Mark frowned at a situation where some citizens resort to self help or violence to obstruct the due process of democracy pointing out that such a situation is retrogressive and barbaric.
He believes that politics is a noble path of service to community and country and should not be played in a manner akin to going to war.
He prayed that the election brings out the best among Nigerians in order to serve the people in a way that would engender peace, justice, unity and progress of the nation, according to a release signed by
Paul Mumeh, the Media Assistant to Senator David Mark.
In another development, a seeming underaged voting was reportedly recorded at the Unguwar Nasarawa II – 007 in Katagum ward of Zaki LGA in Bauchi State. This was filed in by an observer.
Despite the noticeable voter apathy nationwide, reports say that a large turnout was recorded at Romi Primary school in Southern Kaduna zone of the state, where majority of the voters had cast their votes early, before 12 noon.
The gubernatorial election in Ogbomosho, Oyo state was another intriguing outcome for a major political leader and former state governor, Christopher Alao Akala had decided to team up with the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, party by abandoning his gubernatorial ambition and doing a deal to deliver his zone to the APC.
With the economic pain of having the Ladoke Akintola University belonging to both the Osun and Oyo state governments shut down, majority of the ordinary people seem to have defied the political leader to vote for the opposition party, PDP