I’ve been voting since Shagari era – Septuagenarian

A Septuagenarian, Hajiya Maryamu Mustapha, has said she never missed the opportunity of electing leaders of her choice since the second republic when she voted for late former President Shehu Shagari.

In an interview with North Central Trust after casting her vote on Saturday, she said she voted for President Muhammadu Buhari all those times he contested and lost, adding that she was happy to be alive to see Buhari emerged as president.


She said she also voted for the president during the recent elections at her Mustapha Alkali Polling Unit in Kotagora Local Government area.

The president polled over 40, 000 votes in Kontagora Council alone during the Presidential and National Assembly election.

The Sepuagenarian, who joined thousands of Kontagora  Community during the gubernatorial election last Saturday, said she came out to vote for her grandson and All Progressives Congress (APC)  candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.

Hajiya Maryamu, who walked into the polling unit with the aid of a walking stick and assisted by two of her grandchildren said, “I voted for my grandson as I want him to be the governor of the state again.”

She said she was out to lead other members of the extended family to support the governor for a second term.

North Central Trust reports that a lot of physically challenged voters also defy all odds to exercise their franchise.

In Nasko town, the home local government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Umar Mohammed Nasko, a cripple, Abdullahi Muktar, was sighted at the Central Primary School polling unit, waiting for unit results to be announced.

He said he did not encounter any difficulty during the election process, as  the officials had already created a space for the “PWD” at the polling unit.

On why he has to take the risk of coming out despite being a cripple Abdullahi said he could not  jettison his rights of electing leaders of his choice because of his situation.

“I’m here to vote for Nasko and I have done that. It is my right and my condition shouldn’t be a hindrance to my choice.

According to him, Magama is in dire need of development and only Nasko can make that happen.



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