Yobe LG Election Held Without Hitches

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Local government election was peacefully conducted in Yobe State four years after the last council polls were held in the State due to Boko Haram insurgency.

Reports say voters turned out in good numbers in all the 17 local government areas of the state on Saturday, though some polling units witnessed fewer voters.

Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who cast his vote at his Yindiski polling unit in Potiskum local government, told newsmen that it was a good thing that the council polls was able to hold after years of  Boko Haram occupation of several areas of the State.

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He noted that the state has battled with the Boko Haram crisis for six year but that it was good news that “peace has gradually returned to our state.”

“We have done this for the third time considering the situation we have been experiencing, which is the lack of peace in our state,”Aliyu said.

The deputy governor said despite the security challenge, Yobe was one of the few states in the country that have conducted elections into its council for more that two times in recent years.

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He said: “We have been organizing this exercise, this is the third time we have organized this.

“The story is a positive one, that we are able to organize this election and there has not been any uprising and anyone trying to stop the vote, people have being moving from polling units to cast their votes.

“We thank God for the peace we are enjoying; we thank our governor for giving us all the support to carry out this exercise,” Aliyu said.