- The stakes are high as Kano state prepares for the re-run election scheduled for Saturday, March 23
- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure fairness at the election
- Moreover, the party advised President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies to prevail on the state government for peace to reign
The Kano state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to ensure that the Saturday, March 23, supplementary election in the state was seamless.
Rabiu Bichi, Kano state PDP acting chairman, who made the call in a statement on Wednesday, March 20, also appealed to INEC and security agencies to be neutral during the elections, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Bichi said that security agencies had a duty to ensure that voters and their votes were protected from harassment, intimidation and manipulations from any quarters.
He urged the presidency to compel all political, religious, business and traditional leaders in the state to conscientise the political actors on the need to keep peace during the polls.
“We also want them to practise the principle of politics without bitterness’ and the president should prevail on the Kano state government to let peace reign.
“In addition, it is our hope and prayer that you would use your good offices to ensure that the re-run election is not disrupted at some levels,” he said.
Bichi also urged INEC to be firm, uncompromising and transparent; and ensure anyone found subverting the electoral process was dealt with accordingly.
He further suggested that the electoral umpire should collate election results of all the polling units at the INEC headquarters in the state.
He noted that this would reduce risks of attacks from hired thugs, especially in areas that were far from the state capital. Bichi said that vote buying, compromising security personnel and use of arms by thugs to disrupt the re-run elections in Kano were already brewing.
He also called on all relevant stakeholders to be vigilant and ensure credible polls, saying the call became necessary because the party had received “credible and reliable intelligence regarding the plans and evil machination of some groups’’.
“Since the March 9, elections and its declaration as inconclusive by INEC, we have repeatedly witnessed unprecedented PVC (Permanent Voter Card) buying across the 44 local government areas of Kano.
“Agents have been deceiving unsuspecting and vulnerable women by taking advantage of their impoverishment by paying them N5, 000 to surrender their PVC,’’ he claimed.
The chairman further alleged that many perpetrators of these fraudulent acts had been apprehended and handed over to the police.
He said that the culprits, along with others that were nabbed in other places, had been handed over to the police and were being investigated.
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He claimed that the PDP also received reliable information that cloned card readers had been acquired and pre-loaded with the PVCs that were bought to be swapped with the original card readers.
Bichi, however, said in spite of all these alleged evil plans, the people were determined to exercise their mandate by casting their votes for the candidate of their choice. He urged all political stakeholders to play according to the rules to ensure free and fair elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state had kicked off various developmental and infrastructural projects in the communities at Gama ward in the Nasarawa local government area of the state.
The Kano government reportedly started no fewer than three projects in three days. The projects included drilling of several boreholes, reconstruction of bad roads and clearing of wastes from the streets.
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