The supplementary elections might have been concluded but there is still some backlash emanating from it. In Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje defeated Abba Kabiru Yusuf of the PDP and was declared winner with an average marginal difference of 8,982 votes. Declaring the merged results of the March 9 and 23, 2019 results, Returning Officer Bello Shehu said the APC candidate polled 1,033,695, defeating Yusuf who scored 1,024,713 votes.
Angry supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), destroyed the portrait of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, at the Kano government house yesterday after accusing him of supporting the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the supplementary election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on Sunday night, announced the incumbent governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as the winner of the governorship election in Kano State, thereby returning him for a second term in office. The supporters of governor Ganduje used ladders to climb the coronation hall in the government house to remove the portrait/picture of the monarch to show their displeasure with him.
One of the most patriotic Nigerians I have known is the Emir of Kano. Very intelligent, transparent, and literate. I wish he is still in government than sitting on that throne. But if he feels better with it. I wish him best of luck. Ganduje is just a thief. pic.twitter.com/3b4xrOZVzd
— Olanrewaju Kayode S (@psalmie7) March 25, 2019
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Governor Ganduje ordered the removal of Emir of Kano portrait from Government House Kano after the announcement of his Robbed victory… pic.twitter.com/UxLfON5IsW
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A rowdy session had erupted at the collation centre as PDP and APC agents traded words over the results of Gama Ward in Nasarawa Local Council. While member of the House of Representatives from Dala Federal Constituency Ali Madakin-Gini described the result as fraudulent, senator-elect representing Kano North Barau Jibril insisted the poll was peaceful and fair, urging the opposition party to seek redress at the tribunal. The PDP however rejected the result, saying its candidate is the rightful winner, stating that any declaration that does not reflect such cannot stand.
This is according to a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan. The opposition party said that its candidate Abba Yusuf, won the Kano state governorship election since March 9, 2019, having fulfilled the constitutional requirement of securing the highest number of votes and the statutory 25% in two-thirds of the state. However, the supplementary governorship election in Kano overturned what would have been for them a victory. Hence, the party described the supplementary polls as “a national disgrace” and a mere figure allocating exercise by compromised INEC officials, who collaborated with power drunk politicians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to award results to the APC candidate”.
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The party cautioned INEC against any attempt to alter figures, noting that that will be a clear recipe for anarchy and a serious crisis in the state. PDP said that the people of Kano state have a long history of firm resistance against corrupt and oppressive forces, adding that the will of the Kano people must not be stretched in this election. The party stressed that no amount of machination can cow or force the Kano people to abandon their resolve for a new governor in Abba Yusuf.
“The whole world knows that the PDP and its candidate, Abba Yusuf, won the Kano State governorship election since March 9, 2019, having fulfilled the constitutional requirement of securing the highest number of votes and the statutory 25 per cent in two-thirds of the state. The so-called governorship supplementary election in Kano is a national disgrace and a mere figure allocating exercise by compromised INEC officials, who collaborated with power drunk politicians in the APC to award results to the APC candidate.
“The people of Kano State have a long history of firm resistance against corrupt and oppressive forces. Their will must therefore not be stretched in this election. The Kano people have abundantly expressed their rejection of the corrupt and incompetent government of Abdullahi Ganduje and his party, the APC, and no amount of machination can cow or force them to abandon their resolve for a new governor in Abba Yusuf.”
#KanoDecides2019 Our candidate, @EngrAbbaKYusuf, remains the rightful winner of the Kano state governorship election. Any declaration that does not reflect such cannot stand. @UN @UKinNigeria @USEmbassyAbuja @EU_Commission @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/6e31b3hQds
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) March 24, 2019
Also, acting chairman of the party in Kano, Alhaji Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi, said: “The results were doctored, as there was no election on Saturday. We shall not endorse the results.”
Source: National Helm