A coalition of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accredited election observers, which members monitored the just- concluded governorship election in Yobe State, has declared the exercise as free, fair and credible.
The observers commended the leadership of INEC for what they described as its neutrality during the process leading up to the final declaration of the winner of the poll.
In a statement he issued yesterday in Abuja, the group’s leader, Okoi Tina, said that despite the belief that Yobe State was an insurgency- prone state; the exercise “went well and was credible.”
According to him, the turnout of the electorate was commendable, adding that it showed that there was massive voter education in the state.
Okoi said: “As a coalition of INEC-accredited election observers to Yobe State, we the undersigned, having duly performed our duties as observers through and thoroughly in Yobe State, undertake to address this world press conference on the true situation of the general elections in the state.
“We take this as a duty to inform the general public that the elections held in Yobe State were free, fair, and smooth in all of its ramifications.
“As against the initial public opinion and general belief that Yobe State, having been an insurgency-prone area, could pose a major threat to peaceful, free, and fair elections, the state was peaceful throughout the elections,” Okoi said.