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Concerned citizens to INEC, politicians: Don’t set Kano on fire

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By Abdulmumin Murtala

Following tension over the declaration of governorship election in Kano State as inconclusive, some elders in the state on the platform Kano Concerned Citizens Initiative, KCCI, have pleaded with Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to rectify all the perceived challenges that characterised the February 23 and March 9 elections to douse the tension ahead of the re-run.

An electoral official looks at documents at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 10, 2019. – Nigeria’s election authorities announced the suspension of activities in volatile opposition-held Rivers State on March 10 citing violence and threats to its staff, as tensions rise in the wake of closely-watched regional elections. Counting is continuing across the country after the March 9 elections for governors in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states, all state assemblies and administrative councils in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. Results are expected in the coming days. (Photo AFP)

The group, led by the presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, warned that on no account should the state be set on fire because of personal ambition of individuals, urging INEC and its officials to be above board and avoid anything that could compromise the integrity of the re-run election.

At a briefing yesterday to express worries over perceived tension in the state, Tofa said: “We strongly believe that all electoral staff must be told, in no uncertain terms, to be above board and that anyone found to be wanting must receive the maximum sanctions provided for by the Electoral Act and the Constitution.

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“Any act of commission or omission would be squarely placed on its (INEC) shoulders. Officials must be aware that such acts may be the difference between peace and violence in our state.”

Declaring that no acts of violence would be tolerated in the state, the group praised the efforts of security agencies and also called on them to do more during the re-run exercise as “it is arduous and daunting.”

Tofa called on the Police to be apolitical and ensure that people from neighbouring states, not residents in Kano, do not come into the state to participate in the March 23 re-run elections to forestall unnecessary tension or violence.

“Kano and Kanawa shall never allow our state to burn on account of anybody’s vaulting ambition to lead or govern us,” Tofa declared.

The group equally called on the youths to stay away from violence and avoid being used to disrupt peace in the state.

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