Oye, APGA Nat’l Chairman, confirms low turnout, lauds INEC on BVAS improvement

Dr Victor Oye, National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance

DR Victor Oye, National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the timely deployment of materials and personnel for Saturday’s governorship and State Houses of Assembly election.

Oye, who spoke to journalists in Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area, said the Bimodal Voter Authentication System (BVAS) functionality was a marked improvement over what happened on Feb. 25 presidential and national assembly election.

He said though there was massive turnout of voters in his area, there was general apathy in Anambra and across the country.

“Turnout in my area was impressive but generally, the feelers we are getting told us that there was apathy, although people still came out to vote.

“We thank God that everything went fine, so far, we are hopeful of victory.

“The low turnout is largely because, unlike Feb. 25 when most people, including the youth came out to make a statement, this election is local, so the enthusiasm is reduced,” he said.

Oye commended Gov. Chukwuma Soludo for his achievement in the area of security as well as the security agencies for their role in ensuring that Anambra was safe and peaceful for the people to exercise their civic rights.

He, however, called for more political awareness among citizens in order to shore up participation rate in election.

The APGA national chairman thanked Nigerians for voting the party while commending the Anambra electorate for standing by APGA and ensuring it got majority seats in the State House of Assembly. (NAN)