…Says those doubting 1.464m votes to the president are unserious
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA- GOVERNOR Abdullahi Gamduje of Kano State on Wednesday explained that voter apathy was responsible for the inability of the state to redeem the five million votes promised to President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.
Governor Ganduje had assured the President that Kano state will give him five million votes but the state only gave 1,464,768 to the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate in the election while the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had 391,593 votes.
Though there has been criticism that the 1,464,768 was not real as some have doubted the result, Governor Ganduje described those questioning the votes as unserious people that were against democracy.
He said while there were no incidences of violence recorded in the state, seventeen local government areas were affected by election cancellation.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he came to congratulate President Buhari for emerging victorious in the election, Ganduje said the APC victory was an eloquent testimony of what would happen in the forthcoming governorship election.
Asked to react to those questioning the figures that came from Kano State, he said, “First of all, they are not serious people, they are people who are anti-democracy.
“If you have seen how the election were conducted I think everybody will agree that INEC tried very well. Even though there was low turn out of voters because we were expecting to get much more than that, but the election was fair and free.
“Those who say we couldn’t have got that much are ignorant of the politics of Kano.” he added
Asked why he did not deliver on the five million votes he promised, he said, “Well, I told you it’s because of the low turn out of voters but I promise you next time…let’s look towards the governorship election.“
On his chances on the coming governorship election, Ganduje said “My chances are very high and you can see the beginning of it with the presidential elections. We gave Mr. President the highest number of votes, all the three senators are back, 24 House of Representatives members out of 24 have succeeded. What else are you expecting? That is the foundation.
“Another thing is that Mr. President has done a lot of work in Nigeria and in Kano and as a government we have done a lot in Kano State. If there was a negative reaction we would have seen it from the presidential election.
“That is why I say we are heading for a huge success in Kano both in the gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections.”
He expressed happiness for the President’s victory, adding that the administration had laid the foundation for the development of a new Nigeria.
He said, “We are forging ahead in terms of getting the right thing done in Nigeria. So, I’m here to congratulate him personally before we come as a group from Kano to congratulate him.”