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The Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, Abubakar Kusada, could not vote during Saturday bye-election for the Ingawa/Kusada/Kankia Federal House of Representatives due to his lack of a Permanent Voters Card.

Kusada, who was the All Progressives Congress candidate in the election, nonetheless, won the election in his polling unit.

The Speaker had arrived his Unguwar Kaya primary school polling unit at 12.47pm, armed with a temporary voter card.

After his name was checked and seen on the voters’ list, the Speaker could, however, not vote since he did not possess a Permanent Voter Card, which was required to exercise his franchise.

His name on the voters’ list carried the number: 90FXBO1B8A2957D1208.

He subsequently left the polling unit.

The Speaker later explained to journalists that the development was caused by the recent transfer of his polling unit.

He was hopeful that the issue would be resolved before the 2019 general elections.

He said, “I transferred my polling unit and this could have been responsible for the challenge, I experienced at the polling unit.

“But INEC said the issue would be resolved before the next general elections and I will vote then.”

The Speaker nonetheless won the bye-election in his polling unit.

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