The Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR) has dismissed report that the Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, was heckled at the presentation of Certificates of Return (CoR) to newly elected area councils’ chairmen on Friday in Abuja.
National Coordinator of the alliance, Isa Pai, said the report was out of context as those who applauded the minister’s suggestion to the INEC were overwhelming.
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“During last Saturday’s area council elections, there was widespread failure of BVAS leading to the disenfranchisement of some voters. This election observers like YAIGA Africa have noted in their preliminary report on the election.
“As an important stakeholder in Nigeria’s political environment, the Minister of State FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, suggested the possibility of allowing registered voters to vote in places of widespread failure of the BVAS as was witnessed in the area council elections,” Pai said.
He said that for a report to twist the facts when the minister was widely applauded bothers on mischief and a new narrative of some individuals to taint the hard-earned reputation of the minister.
He also said that the minister has continued to receive commendation, including from the NUJ FCT, over her exemplary leadership and accommodating administrative style when she paid an unscheduled visit to the union.