- The just concluded re-run election in Kano state has been condemned by Kano civil society forum
- The forum which is an umbrella body of over 150 affiliated CSOs said the poll is a shame to democracy in Nigeria
- The CSOs also accused the police and the INEC of compromising their neutrality during the exercise
Kano civil society forum, an umbrella body of over 150 affiliated CSOs, has condemned the just concluded re-run election in the state saying the poll is shameful to democracy in Nigeria.
In a statement jointly signed by its president and secretary general, Ibrahim A. Waiya and Peter Hassan Tijjani, respectively, the forum claimed that the entire process was characterised by widespread violence, thuggery, voter intimidation and killings.
According to the forum, "The Nigerian Democracy is gradually migrating to a barbaric form of political leadership where physical might and use of coercion, fear and intimidation have become the determinant factors of acquiring political leadership, rather than the popular votes.
“What we, as civil society organizations, witnessed during our election observation at some polling units, across the state, could rather be described as a war between two long aged enemies, but not a political contest which is run on some laid down rules."
The CSOs accused the police and the INEC of compromising their neutrality during the exercise, urging IGP, Mohammed Adamu, to constitute a panel of inquiry to investigate the actions of personnel deployed to the state for the supplementary election with a view to ascertain their involvement or otherwise in the security breach that characterised the exercise.
“Elections, as an exercise which is designed to allow people to freely participate, under the watch of some constitutional bodies, who are ultimately assumed to be impartial and neutral umpires, but unfortunately, acted with blatant bias and sentimental tendencies.
“The Kano civil society forum, having observed the conduct of the supplementary elections in Kano have therefore with no apology, faulted the entire exercise and its credibility, on the basis of a serious security breaches, widespread political violence and thugery, voters intimidation, killings as well as maimings, and unhealthy inducement of voters," it added.
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The forum described the Kano state governorship supplementary election as a total sham, a disgrace to democracy and a disappointment to the proponents of democracy and Nigeria, as a whole.
“Based on our observation, the 23rd governorship supplementary elections in Kano state, was the most dreadful elections ever conducted, an election which witnessed the importation of alien political thugs, who were contracted with the sole aim to harass and unleash violence against the Kano electorates, in almost all the polling units, this is unacceptable,” the CSOs stated.
Legit.ng previously reported that INEC declared the incumbent governor of Kano, Abdullahi 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, by the INEC, the PDP polled a total of 10,239 votes, while APC secured 45,876 votes.
The state returning officer, 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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