We only lost election not lives, defeated senator Binta consoles supporters

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The Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District,
Binta Garba has told her supporters to take her loss during the National
Assembly election on February 23 calmly.

The senator who has lost her bid to return to the National
Assembly, told journalists that she truly was not feeling too bad that the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ishaku Cliff, as winner of the Adamawa North
Senatorial election at her expense.

“I was almost in tears this morning when lots of people came
here,” Sen Binta told newsmen who called at her house in Yola, adding, “They
came to comfort me but the way they did it, it was like I had lost someone. I
said, ‘No, dear. It’s not like that. It’s not as if anyone died.”

“The joy that I have is this: it was a race that I ran and
lots of people applauded it. In the times that I have been to the National
Assembly, it has not been for myself. It has always been for the common good of
my people. And I did what any member of the National Assembly would be expected
to do,” she said.

She specified that while at the Senate (from 2015 to date),
she placed hundreds of people from the five local government areas of her
constituency in jobs and attracted much federal presence.

She said, “I raise my shoulders high because everywhere I
go, people say, ‘Binta, you have done well. You were so vocal on national
issues and you were protective of your people.’ I am happy with myself, knowing
that I served my people diligently and in all honesty.”

She indicated that personally, she would like to put the
election behind her, except that her party, the All Progressives Congress
(APC), believes that certain irregularities which marred the election should
not be ignored.

She said, “My party is uncomfortable with the outcome of the
election. There were lots of irregularities. There was over voting in most of
the areas. Many of the card readers were not used. There were also cases of
intimidation. Most of our party agents were intimidated and forced to align
themselves to issues they disagreed with. That is why our party feels that the
matter should be addressed and to see who won the right to represent our
people. The party has the final say and I will abide by whatever it says.”

She said she was glad that President Muhammadu Buhari has
been returned and the Presidency is still APC. “I congratulate him once again
for his well-deserved re-election,” she said, and urged Adamawa people to come
out this Saturday and vote APC, “because any vote outside APC is a wasted
vote.”

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She added, “All those who believe in President Buhari should
believe in Governor Bindow. We should come out en mass and right the wrong of
the elections of penultimate Saturday. If for nothing else, the achievements of
Governor Bindow these past four years qualify him for reelection.”

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