By Hamza Waziri

INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for Niger State Prof Abdulganiyu Ambali (l) presenting Certificate of Return to Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello (APC), winner of the recent gubernatorial election in the state, as Niger State Governor at the state's INEC office in Minna recently. PHOTO: ISAH ABDULLAHI

INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for Niger State Prof Abdulganiyu Ambali (l) presenting Certificate of Return to Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello (APC), winner of the recent gubernatorial election in the state, as Niger State Governor at the state’s INEC office in Minna recently. PHOTO: ISAH ABDULLAHI

All the winners of the March 28 and February 11 general elections from Niger State, except the Niger South senator elect, Gen. Mohammed Garba, have been presented with certificates of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Independent  National Electoral Commission National Commissioner,  in charge of North Central, Dr. Prince Ihimogha, explained that the court has restrained the commission from issuing certificate of return to either Gen Mohammed Garba or Alh Mustapha Sani because of their dispute in respect of the election in court.
It could be recalled that Gen. Mohammed Garba challenged the party membership of Alh Mustapha Sani in the court of appeal, which restrained INEC from issuing result to Alh Mustapha Sani, who beat Senator Zainab Kure in the March 28 senatorial election.
Meanwhile, the Governor elect, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has broken record by wresting power from the ruling party.
Therefore, he said he could not afford  to betray the confidence reposed in him and the party, as he commended INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair polls.

He thanked party members, civil societies and press for their efforts in ensuring a credible, free and fair elections.
Earlier, Niger State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alh Nasir Ayilara, while presenting certificate of return to the governor-elect, asserted that, often times, expectations of electorate for good representation or governance from their elected representatives or executive officers were not always met.
He said the democratic culture was beginning to take root in our polity, urging political actors to sustain it.

He advised that the incessant jumping of ship by politicians from one party to another soon after losing elections to the winning party shiuld be checked.

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