BATTLE-LINE! Savour Your Victory While It Lasts, I Will Not Rest Till I Recover My Stolen Mandate From You, Yusuf Tells Gov. Ganduje, Blows Hot Over Rerun Election Outcome

The city of Kano was filled with mixed reactions on Sunday night when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the winner of the governorship election after the conduct of supplementary election in 28 local government areas of the state.

The returning officer for INEC in the state, Professor Bello Balla Shehu, declared the incumbent governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the winner of governorship election in the state.

Shehu, while declaring the winner of the election, revealed that that the APC candidate garnered 1,033,695, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf scored 1,024,713 votes.

He said that the APC candidate defeated the PDP candidate with 8,982 votes margin and therefore declared Ganduje the winner having satisfied requirements of the law by scoring the highest number of votes.

It would be recalled that Shehu revealed after the March 9 governorship election that Yusuf had polled 1,014,474 while Ganduje polled 987,819 but the cancelled votes during the election was 128,572 votes, against 26, 655 vote margin between the two candidates, which was why the election was declared inconclusive and a supplementary election was held.


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Governor Ganduje’s re-election caused unrest in many areas in the state, it was reported that before official declaration of the winner in the election, the police had to teargas the angry youth at the collation centre to maintain peace and rancour.

The election result has been rejected in various quarters within the state, the national body of the PDP has done same while Yusuf has also vowed to approach the court of law to seek redress over his stolen mandate.


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Yusuf, in his official reaction through a statement released yesterday night night and signed by his spokesman, Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, the PDP candidate said that the party would challenge the outcome.

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“The deliberate disruption of results collation process in Nasarawa Local Government, which led to the cancellation of Gama Ward, alongside numerous other Polling Units across the 28 Local Government Areas and the appalling conduct of the players in the sham called inconclusive Election, has raised huge doubts about the professionalism of the security agencies and the effectiveness, credibility and fairness of INEC as an organization as well as professionalism and neutrality of the security agencies. We have written to INEC at the beginning of the exercise calling for the cancellation of the ongoing rerun election, but the electoral body decided to shelve our request and continue to the process in a rascal way. It was reliably gathered that most INEC representatives were compromised by the Kano State Government.

“The declaration of a winner on the basis of the charade of 23rd March 2019 is most unfortunate to say the least. A process scarred by reports of massive violence, intimidation and financial inducement was sanctioned INEC officials and accepted by security agencies as peaceful, particularly DIG Antony Michael who was brought to Kano to usurp the role of the State Police Command, allowing thuggery to reign while publicly certifying such horrible abuse of voters. It is indeed saddening that the Commission abandoned the basic tenets of fairness and allowed a process characterized by large-scale fraud such as thuggery, vote buying and voter disenfranchisement sponsored by the ruling APC to be admitted into the records of electioneering with a sole aim of favouring the incumbent Governor.

“Several independent organizations, International and Domestic observers, the local and international media have reported massive violence, intimidation, harassment, flagrant violation and abuse of electoral laws, in most of the polling stations PDP agents were frightened away and denied access to their assigned polling units. Yet, the INEC and its cronies turned blind eye to all the happenings and deemed this charade as worthy of being accepted. It is clear that the will of Kano people has been subverted, with the security agencies as willing accomplices and the INEC representatives as enablers. The 23rd of March 2019 blew a wind of sorrow for families that lost loved ones and those that sustained various degrees of injuries. At this juncture, we want to sincerely express our heartfelt sympathies to all those who suffered injustice in one way or the other during the rerun elections.

“The PDP in Kano is proud to be distinctly civil and uniquely peace-loving. We condemn this fraud in its entirety. We have decided to take legal action through the Election Petition Tribunal with overwhelming evidences that have been gathered, and Insha Allah soonest the mandate of the good people of Kano state shall be reclaimed. However, we urge the good people of Kano state and particularly our teaming supporters to be patient and remain calm. Kano state is our only home. We have no other place better than this noble state and no blood of any citizen is worth shedding.”

Source, Image Credit: Daily Post Nigeria, BBC, Daily Focus

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