The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano, on Thursday, April 11, filed a petition against the victory of Governor Abdullahi Umar Gabduje at the recent gubernatorial election in the state.
The petition was filed exactly 20 days after the declaration of Governor Ganduje as winner of the March 23, governorship election in Kano state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the petition filed by the party before the governorship election tribunal argues that its governorship candidate Abba Yusuf, won the March 9 election.
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The PDP described the announcement of Ganduje as winner of the election as a nullity.
The opposition party also argues that the supplementary election conducted by INEC was unconstitutional and unlawful.
Yusuf, who spoke after the petition was submitted, noted that during the March 9, governorship election, the PDP got the highest votes across the 44 local government areas in the state.
“The prayer, we are asking is for the tribunal to determine the actual winner in the election that took place on March 9.
“To me as the PDP candidate the only election that took place was on March 9,” he said while noting that the issue of supplementary election as far as PDP is concerned was an illegality “which we reject and have nothing to do with That is the content of the petition.”
Maliki Kuliya-Umar, counsel to the petitioner, said the declaration of the March 9, election as inconclusive was the opportunity the APC had to rig its candidate back to power.
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“We trust the tribunal to do what is right by confirming the election of March 9, as it was the only election recognized by law,” he said as he argued that whatever reason INEC had to declare the March 9, election inconclusive was unconstitutional and not in tune with the electoral law.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the governorship election petition tribunal in Kano, on Tuesday, April 9, granted permission to the PDP to inspect all election materials used by INEC during the gubernatorial election in the state.
The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Abba Kabiru-Yusuf, is challenging the declaration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the March 23 supplementary election in Kano state.
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