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‘We’re not surprised by PDP’s rejection of Buhari’s victory’


A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Kabiru Marafa has said that he is not surprised by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) rejection of the results of the February 23 Presidential election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Senator Marafa who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), spoke with newsmen yesterday after he visited Aso Rock to congratulate President Mohammadu Buhari on his re-election during the polls.

According to the lawmaker, rather than bickering over the victory of President Buhari, Nigerians should rather be prayerful to God to give the President better health and the will power to continue his developmental policies.

“It is an inherent human behaviour to always reject failure, so there is nothing new about the opposition’s rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. 

“The most important thing is that success has been recorded and accepted by Nigerians including the international community. We just pray to God almighty to give the President abundant health and the will power to continue his fight against corruption because it is a serious problem in Nigeria,” the Senator said.

On the controversy surrounding the massive figures churned out by the Zamfara State for the APC, he said, “I don’t think there is anything to worry about it. If you ask me I will tell you that I am not even pleased with the votes that came from my state because I believe we could have done much better. 

“We have 1.4million registered voters and we recorded only about 650,000 votes, so what is the big deal about it? If you look at all the states, I think the overall performance is below 60 percent in most of the states. 

“We have more than 80 million registered voters and out of this figure, how many voted? In fact, we are supposed to lament because the situation ought to be much more than that. Nigerians are supposed to be more politically aware and they are supposed to turnout in their numbers to vote much more than we saw. So I don’t see anything unusual about that.”

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