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Breaking: PDP rejects election result in Katsina

By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – The leading opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the governorship and state assembly elections in Katsina state has rejected the outcome of the Saturday’s polls in the state.

A woman wearing a veil votes in the presidential and parliamentary elections, on February 23, 2019, at a polling station in Daura, Katsina State, northwestern Nigeria. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23, after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

This was as it said it will take legal action to challenge the outcomes.

The party Chairman and the deputy governorship candidate, Salisu Majigiri said the election outcomes as being collated currently by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is not the will of the people.

As at the time of filing in this report, INEC have received results from 30 out of the 34 local government areas of the state.

Majigiri while addressing newsmen on the INEC premises said “On behalf of the governorship candidate, Senator Yakubu Lado, myself as the deputy governor, the state house of assembly candidates and the PDP hereby rejected the result because the voters turn out yesterday was very poor. There was low voter turnout yesterday (Saturday) in Katsina compare to the Presidential election. But from the figure we are receiving now, the INEC is trying to announce the figures that are not the real figures and not the will of the people.

“We have so far received 30 out of 34 local government areas. So we have compare with the result that we are having with us as brought to us by our agents. There are so many discrepancies between the results been announced at the INEC headquarters and that with us. So we have rejected the results in totality and we are not going to accept the result that INEC is going to collate.

“So we are rejecting the result even before the announcement by INEC. We don’t have the authority to announce our own results but we have the figures and we will make it public after INEC announcement.

“For instance in Zango local government area, our party agents were chased away by security agents because they cannot win such areas without force. In Kaita, the result was collated in INEC office.

“We are going to take constitutional measures. There is a provision in the constitution, the electoral law which when you are not satisfied with the process, you have your ways to challenge the outcome,” Majigiri however stated.

However, as at the time of filing in this report, election results are still been collated in the INEC headquarters, Katsina.

Results from two out of the 34 local government areas of Kankara, Kafur.

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