…Blames Ganduje for thuggery, rigging
By Dirisu Yakubu & Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The Kano state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has faulted claims by the Buhari Media Organization, BMO, that the PDP and its chieftains were behind the violence that marred the recently held supplementary governorship election in the state.
Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi on Thursday distanced the PDP, former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and its governorship candidate, Abba Yusuf from any form of violence and act that brought the exercise into disrepute.
He spoke in a reaction to a statement credited to BMO which accused the PDP and Kwankwaso as perpetrators of the violence in the aftermath of the highly disputed governorship poll in which Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was declared winner, as no winner emerged on the first ballot.
Bichi said it was unfortunate that BMO took sides with Ganduje “whose sponsored thugs perpetuated massive votes buying, ballots stuffing and votes rigging in the 279 voting points with the total number of 128,324 registered voters spread across 28 local government areas in Kano state.”
Bichi maintained that the gory pictures of violence in Kano published in both the social media and traditional media platforms during the re-run election were a true reflection of events in Kano during the re-run polls.
He described BMO’s claim on the violence as a figment of the imagination of their sponsors who conveyed the impression that those pictures were shot at a bar in Ghana and from the Plateau ethno -religious violence in recent years.
The Kano PDP chair 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.”
He said: “By such a posture, BMO and its sponsors have clearly shown that violence pays under the APC-led government since those who perpetrated same were being rewarded handsomely by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as we have witnessed in Kano state. The APC benefitted from thuggery orchestrated by the deputy governor and some of the commissioners.
Continuing, he noted: “We make bold to say that nothing could be farther 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 for INEC to declare the governorship election clearly won by Abba Kabiru Yusuf inconclusive.
“It did not come to us as a surprise that right groups and civil society groups from far and near including the European Union election observation group that 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 prevail over what he called the daylight robbery of the mandate freely given to Abba Kabiru Yusuf by PDP’s teeming supporters in Kano state.