- The APC has accused Kano police commissioner, Wakili Muhammad, of helping the PDP rig elections in the state
- The party alleged that the Kano CP deployed police security for Rabiu Kwankwaso loyalists while state commissioner's orderlies were withdrawn
- The party insisted that Kano state is a stronghold and key support base of the APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Kano police commissioner, Wakili Muhammad, of helping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rig elections in the state.
The allegation was contained in a press statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, March 17 by the national publicity secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
The party alleged that the Kano CP deployed police security for Rabiu Kwankwaso loyalists while state commissioner's orderlies were withdrawn.
The party insisted that Kano state is a stronghold and key support base of the APC, stating that the PDP have no chance in the supplementary election billed for Saturday, March 23.
Part of the statement read: “The opposition PDP camp in its self-deceit has continued to delude itself on its nonexistent electoral chance in Nasarawa local government area. The Kano electorate are not deceived.
“Considering what happened in the inconclusive election widely characterized by PDP vote buying and voter intimidation, relevant agencies must ensure that such antidemocratic practice is not repeated.
“It is on record how the Kano state police commissioner actively assisted the opposition PDP to rig inside Kano city with the deployment of police security for Rabiu Kwankwaso loyalists while state commissioner's orderlies were withdrawn.
“Kano remains an APC state. With the massive votes garnered by our presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari; the entire incoming 9th National Assembly positions - 3 senators and 24 House of Representatives - won by the APC in Kano State; 27 state House of Assembly seats won by the APC out of 39 and governorship election victories in all local governments outside Kano metropolitan, there is no doubt that Kano state is a stronghold and key support base of the APC.
“The APC's visible achievements in Kano state under Governor Abdullahi Ganduje are enough to give the party an emphatic victory in the rerun election.
“Again, the rerun will be mostly in APC-controlled rural areas and Nasarawa local government area where our deputy governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna is from. Undoubtedly, Kano state remains an APC stronghold and remains in our firm control.”
Meanwhile, the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, has said his party rejects in entirety the position taken by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) regarding the governorship election in Bauchi state.
Nabena made the position known on Sunday, March 17 while speaking to journalists in Abuja, saying the position taken by INEC contravened the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
He also accused the Festus Okoye-led committee of the electoral commission of evil plot against the ruling party. Okoye had led the committee on a fact-finding mission to the state and recommended that the election would be concluded without a re-run.
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