INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami has expressed his fulfilment at the outcome of the 2019 general elections in the state.
The REC said this on Wednesday in Ilorin when the West African Students Union (WASU), presented him with Pan-African Leadership award of Excellence as “Icon of Humanitarian Services 2019,”
Attahiru-Madami, receiving the plague from Ibrahim Otom Fatai of Federal University, Lokoja, the REC expressed his gratitude to the Students’ union for considering him worthy of the award.
He therefore dedicated the award to all stakeholders that participated in the conduct of the2019 elections in Kwara.
“On behalf of INEC Kwara, I dedicate this award to electorate in Kwara, political parties, Security agencies, the press and all other stakeholders that contributed to the success of the 2019 elections.
“I alone cannot do it, my job is to give direction and leadership, so the success of the elections in the state goes to everybody,” the REC added.
According to him, when he assumed duty in July 2018, he told all INEC staff in the state of his vision and goal to conduct the best election in the country, that would not only be peaceful , but would be acceptable by all.
“I am very happy and fulfilled at the success of the 2019 general elections in Kwara, it was peaceful, free, fair, credible and accepted by all stakeholders.
“So this award goes to everybody in Kwara, my Electoral Officers who are my field soldiers and the entire staff of INEC in Kwara.
“Our success in Kwara is due to team work, complete team work, kudos to my EOs, my field soldiers.
“I promise to do more than I have done; this is a challenge to me, to Kwara INEC,” Attahiru-Madami added.
Reading the citation of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Bashir Jimoh said the REC is paragon of hope for Nigerian students.
He described him as philanthropist, icon of diligent service, epitome of hope and caring father to all.
Malam Attahiru-Madami is a disciplined administrator that sacrifice his time to attend to many issues as INEC Commissioner with analytical mind and very humble.
“Sir, you are an apostle of efficiency in professionalism, your strength lies in your highly professional work ethics, value, dedication and ability to strategise.
“On behalf of the over 50.5 million members of the West African Students Union at home and in the Diaspora, I hereby confer on you award of honour as “Icon of Humanitarian Service 2019,” he said.