By Nicholas Dechi
A Senator-elect, Mr Abba Moro, said on Saturday that he is a firm believer in the power of the ballot as a credible option for electing responsible leaders in a democracy.
Moro, a former Minister of Interior, emerged senator on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the Governorship and State Assembly polls on March 9.
He told journalists at Ugbokolo, in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue, that there was no alternative to the ballot.
The senator-elect regretted that “some boys attempted to disrupt the supplementary polls at the Okwungaga polling unit, but with the quick intervention and combined efforts of community leaders and security personnel, they were prevented from achieving their aim.
“Those boys are not even from this community. They do not even vote here,’’ he noted.
“The voters were voting without any skirmish because that is the right way to go. We believe in democracy and we also believe in the power of the ballot.’’
He said it was the primary responsibility of the Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to maintain law and order in society but if they are overwhelmed, the military could be drafted to give support.
The tough-looking security personnel tied white pieces of clothing on their hands.
NAN reports that armed security personnel were seen at the Okwungaga polling unit in Ugbokolo, during the election.
A cross-section of party agents told NAN that the conduct of the polls was encouraging.
Mr Mr Idoko Idache of the PDP, Mr Yusuf Jibrin of the APC and Mr Gabriel Okewu of the All Progressives Democratic Alliance (APGA) said that accreditation and voting commenced at the polling unit by 8:00 a.m.
The trio said that the process was smooth and went well.
“The elderly were allowed to vote first, since they cannot be kept standing for too long,’’ the party agent said. (NAN)