Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has called on residents of Maiduguri not to be deterred by the early morning explosion but should come out and vote in the election.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Shetima told newsmen shortly after he cast his vote at Lamusula Ward of Maiduguri, that the people needed to defy the insurgents’ threat and participate massively in the election.
“I call on people to come out and vote despite the early morning scare.
“We must defy the Boko Haram insurgents’ threat and show them that they are defeated.
“They attempt to scare, make people afraid so as to prevent them from exercising their franchise, but we are resolute and will triumph over them,” Shettima said.
Shettima, who expressed satisfaction with high turnout of voters in some of the polling units visited in Maiduguri metropolis, described the exercise as “impressive’’.
He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the arrangement of the election.
“I received reports of delay in the commencement of the exercise in some areas, but that is expected in developing democracy; the exercise recorded significant improvement”.
On his part, Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa State commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and impressive voters’ turnout in the state after casting his vote in Mubi town.
NAN reports that Bindow, who voted at Abumutunchi 001 polling unit in Kolere Ward of Mubi North Local Government, also lauded the matured conduct of voters across the state.
The governor said: “Everyone deserves commendation for the election, particularly INEC, security agents and the public.”