- The PDP has rejected the declaration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state as the governor-elect by INEC
- The party said its candidate, Abba K. Yusuf, is the rightful winner of the keenly contested election
- The party described the supplementary election in the state as mere figure allocating exercise by compromised INEC officials
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the declaration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state as the governor-elect by the Independent National EIectoral Commission (INEC).
The party said its candidate, Abba K. Yusuf, is the rightful winner of the keenly contested election, saying any declaration that does not reflect such cannot stand.
In a statement sent to journalists by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, on Sunday, March 24, the party described the supplementary election in the state as mere figure allocating exercise by compromised INEC officials.
Part of the statement read: “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% in two-third 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 All Progressives Congress (APC) to award results to the APC candidate.
“The party therefore cautions INEC against any attempt to import contrived figures from the illegitimate March 23 charade as such will be a clear recipe for anarchy and serious crisis in the state.
“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.”
INEC had declared Ganduje winner of the gubernatorial supplementary election in the state after the collation of figures for the poll conducted in 28 local government areas on Saturday, March 23.
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According to the electoral commission, the PDP polled a total of 10,239 votes, while the APC secured 45,876 votes.
The state returning officer, Professor Bello Shehu, announced that Ganduje scored a total vote of 1,033,695 while his closest opponent Abba Yusuf polled 1,024,713 votes.
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