Kebbi State Police Commissioner, Mr. Tonye E. Ebitibituwa, yesterday faulted the report that the heavy presence of policemen in polling units was responsible for the poor turnout at last Saturday’s local government election in the state.
Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Kebbi State, Barrister Shehu Marshal, had shortly after the election said that the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) used security agents to scare away voters.
“Honestly, there was no election at all in the state. We are not satisfied with the conduct of the election, it was too poor and marred by irregularities. Security agents scared voters’ away,” he said in a telephone interview.
Reacting to the allegation, the police commissioner said, “The people conducted themselves very well during the election. We thank God that despite the apprehension expressed in some quotas, the election went on smoothly.,” he said.