Politics Yobe bye-elections: INEC Records High Turnout of Displaced Persons


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The bye election held in Yobe State on Saturday had more displaced people coming to votes than residents of Damaturu the state capital.


The Nation correspondent who went round the metropolis saw a multitude of intending voters at both Government Day Secondary School and Phase I, two designated voting centres for the IDPs from Gujba Local Government.

The situation was however a contrast across other centres meant for residents of Damaturu as many people were not keen to vote in the election.

As at noon, many polling units in the town have recorded less than fifty votes in their polling units. At Ajari I, II & III, the presiding officers informed that only 15, 24, and 19 people were accredited and voted.

The National Assembly seat for Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency was left vacant by the minister of state foreign affairs Hon. Khadija Bukar Ibrahim.

Meanwhile, the election was held amidst tight security with streets of Damaturu and other affected council areas deserted. Businesses were also shut down in the four local council area to allow security operatives ensure a hitch free election.