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Senate to probe postponement of presidential, National Assembly polls, says Kabiru Gaya

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Chairman of the Senate committee on works, Sen. Kabiru Gaya

The Senate will on resumption next week after the gubernatorial and house of assembly elections, probe the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls from February 16 to February 23, 2019.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Kabiru Gaya, disclosed this at the weekend, while fielding questions from State House correspondents in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said although the Senate was poised to investigate the postponement, he, however, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for shifting the polls.

“First, we thank God for giving us life, strength and ability to give President Muhammadu Buhari the opportunity to contest for a second term and to win the election.

“I remember, when I was inspecting one of the roads at that time, President Buhari was abroad, I said the President will commission that road in his first term and also in second term, he will do the second part of the road.

“People doubted me, but thank God, God has done it. President Buhari has ran for reelection and he has won,” he said.

He, however, attributed the low turnout in the Presidential and National Assembly elections to the postponement, adding that people had also thought that the February 23 date given by INEC would not be realisable.

He said: “I believe most of the problem was that INEC shifted the elections and people thought that the polls would be shifted again and they could not come out to vote.

“We had just about 30-40 per cent turnout all over the country. But Kano delivered, we had the highest number of votes and I think we could say that we are part of the determining factor for the President’s reelection because he has really done well for us.

“We are very happy that President Buhari has done that and we believe we will do better. I am coming in as a senator for the forth term, that is 16 years and I am one of the few ranking senators and I thank God for being in the Senate,” he stated.

On the outlook of the ninth Assembly, Gaya said it would be a humble and vibrant Senate that would work seamlessly with the President for greater development of the country.


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