- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will reclaim its mandate from Governor Ganduje of Kano
- Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, spokesperson to Abba Kabir Yusuf, commends the party supporters for being peaceful
- The party in Kano describes the governorship election in the state as a charade
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano has promised its supporters and residents of the state that it will reclaim its mandate from Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The party urged its supporters to remain calm as its victory, which was overturned through the supplementary election on Saturday, March 23, would be reclaimed at the tribunal.
Daily Independent reports that the party disclosed this in a statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, spokesperson to Abba Kabir Yusuf, the governorship candidate of the PDP.
The statement reads: “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. The PDP in Kano is proud to be distinctly civil and uniquely peace-loving.
“Kano has undergone the most horrific elections ever where the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Kano state government deployed all mechanisms to orchestrate violence against the citizens.
“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, have raised huge doubts about the professionalism of the security agencies and the effectiveness, credibility and fairness of INEC as an organization, as well as the professionalism and neutrality of the security agencies.
“The good people of Kano sate have witnessed a broad daylight robbery of their mandate by the enemies of democracy.
“It is with tremendous zeal and courage that we joined the 2019 Kano gubernatorial contest, believing in the impartiality of the umpire - the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies, being on a mission to restore the lost glory of our dear state from the hands of political predators who destroy every meaningful programme and policies set by the previous administration of Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
“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 the process in the 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 March 23, 2019, is most unfortunate, to say the least.
“A process scarred by reports of massive violence, intimidation and financial inducement was sanctioned by 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 the sole aim of favouring the incumbent governor.”
The statement added: “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.
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“Yet, the INEC and its cronies turned a 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.
“March 23, 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 another during the rerun elections.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that the PDP 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, saying any declaration that does not reflect such cannot stand.
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