- Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has decried the conduct of the governorship poll in Kano
- Obi said that the election was marred with massive violence and thuggery, which he claimed was aided by some police officers
- He said that the Independent National Electoral Commision was too quick to announce the results of the election despite rampant violence
In his description of the fallout of the supplementary election in Kano, Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that it was the same as ‘‘licencing our youths for violence and setting a very dangerous precedence."
Condemning the entire experience that took place on Saturday, March 23, Obi also said: “We are now institutionalising thuggery and rigging as processes of coming into power, which are very dangerous precedents for our country."
The former Anambra state governor claimed that some police officers in Kano aided political thugs to hijack the process, adding that the Nigerian Police Force has a lot of explaining to do to the public.
Obi also wondered why the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) was “quick to recognise and acknowledge election results from a process where machetes carrying miscreants took charge.”
Considering what the Kano governorship poll experience, Obi said: ‘‘We are dangerously bequeathing to this society a trend that is bound to consume not only our youths, but the entire country.”
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“If India, with over 800 million voters, can conduct election without losing such calibre of people, if President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) could come into power in 2015 without such senseless loss of lives, why should this be the case now,” he asked regrettably?"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that voters and some journalists who covered the supplementary governorship election in Kano state on Saturday, March 23, escaped lynching by some suspected thugs at Suntulma Primary School in Gama ward of Nasarawa local government area of the state.
The journalists, who were in the area to monitor the poll, were chased out of the place by the hoodlums.
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