- The PDP has faulted the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) over its comments on the Kano governorship election
- The BMO had accused the PDP and Senator Musa Kwankwaso as perpetrators of the violence during the poll
- The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Rabiu Bichi, accused the state governor of thuggery and vote rigging during the poll
The Kano state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) over the violence that marred the recently held supplementary governorship election in the state.
Kano PDP's chairman, Alhaji Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi distanced the PDP, Senator Musa Kwankwaso and its governorship candidate Abba Yusuf from any form of violence and act that compromised the electoral process in kano state.
Speaking to journalists in Kano, Bichi while reacting to the statement, said it was unfortunate that BMO took sides with Ganduje and his cohorts, accusing the governor of sponsoring thugs, buying votes and rigging the election.
Bichi maintained that the gory pictures of violence in Kano publicised in both the social and traditional media during the re-run election were a true reflection of what actually transpired in the state during the supplementary election.
He described BMOs claim on the violence as a figment of the imagination of their sponsors who convey the impression that those those pictures were shot at a bar in Ghana and from the Plateau ethno-religious violence in recent years.
Bichi wondered why BMO chose to align with retrogressive forces to undermine the interest of Kano state which contributed immensely to the successes recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari since he joined partisan politics in 2003.
“By that such posture, BMO and its sponsors have clearly shown that violence pays under the APC-led government since those who perpetrate were being rewarded handsomely by INEC as we have witnessed in Kano state,” he said.
He continued: “The APC benefitted from thuggery orchestrated by the deputy governor and some of the commissioners. We feel saddened The Nation newspapers which is the mouthpiece of the APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken sides and is biased in its reportage of the election in Kano. We expect nothing less from them.
“We make bold to say that nothing could be further from the truth as there are verifiable evidence at the disposal of our agents, election monitors and well meaning citizens of Kano state to prove how the APC and their hired thugs under the watchful eyes of security agents assaulted and disenfranchised our supporters in the desperate bid to keep Ganduje in power at all cost.
“It is on record that the state deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna and the state commissioner for local government, Alhaji Sule Garo were taken into custody for taking the laws into their hands by disrupting the final Collation of results at the Nasarawa local government area Collation Centre when defeat stared Ganduje in the face.
“That uncouth and shameful act provided the alibi to INEC to declare the governorship election clearly won by Abba Kabiru Yusuf inconclusive. The Gama ward incidence in Nasarawa local government replete with voters intimidation, votes buying and ballot box stuffing, as witnessed in all others local governments provides an ample evidence of Ganduje's hypocrisy on the issue.
“It did not come to us as a surprise that rights groups and civil society groups from far and near including the European Union election observation group observed the conduct of the supplementary elections in the state have faulted the entire exercise as it was adjudged to be a total sham and a disgrace to democratic rule in the country.”
Bichi expressed confidence that justice would surely prevail, adding th the daylight robbery of the mandate freely given to Abba Kabiru Yusuf by PDP's teeming supporters in Kano state.
Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organisation, YIAGA AFRICA, has listed six major critical incidents that characterised the supplementary elections in in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Saturday, March 23.
The group said there were several incidences of voter suppression, intimidation of observers, vote buying, bribery amongst others.
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