The governor-elect of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, on Thursday received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after winning the just concluded governorship election in the state.
All elected State House of Assembly members were also issued with their certificate of return.
Speaking at the ceremony, INEC National Commissioner Supervising FCT, Niger, Kaduna and Plateau States, Professor Antonia Okoosi-simbine, noted that the Unfortunately, the 2019 elections marked a new trend in which some parties and candidates engaged in violent behaviour, including manhandling election duty officials and intimidation of voters, collation and Returning Officers.
He explained that the Commission views the trend with grave concerns and will continue to work on greater voter enlightenment for mandate protection as well as with the security agencies to curtail the ugly trend.
“While doing this, the Commission advises disgruntled persons and parties to feel free to seek judicial remedy where they believe they have genuine case(s) to pursue. Indeed, seeking judicial remedy is not only a part and parcel of the electoral process in Nigeria, it is consistent with the culture of democracy as opposed to resorting to self-help.
“On this note, let me conclude that as our democracy improves including the reform of the rules of the game and the regulations and guidelines of the Commission, we will continue to serve you by ensuring that only those who truly win the hearts of the majority of the electorate are returned elect Once again, I say Congratulations and thank you for listening.” She added.