By Abdulmumin Murtala
Kano—Kano State governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general election, Abba Yusuf, yesterday, claimed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of All Progressives Congress, APC, re-election was a product of fraudulent activities.
In a statement by Sanusi Dawakin-Tofa, spokesperson for the PDP governorship candidate in the state, he said: “For Ganduje to celebrate what happened on March 23, 2019, his conscience must have been on vacation. It is our prayer that he regains it quickly and apologise to the good people of Kano State on his malicious actions that put the state into anarchy through crass impunity.
“It was glaring to the local and foreign media, domestic and international observers and the general public as well, how Kano was placed under siege by hired thugs imported from neighbouring states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau, Bauchi and Niger Republic by Ganduje and his cohorts.
“The election was characterised by open vote-buying, voter intimidation, harassment and flagrant abuse of human rights, killing and maiming of innocent citizens in connivance with the hoodlums who enjoy the full cover of security agents.
“It was clear that voters were disenfranchised, sensitive materials were hijacked by APC stalwarts who were seen stuffing ballots boxes with already thumb printed ballot papers in favour of the ruling APC. Results were fabricated with the full support of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials.
“Upon all the unfortunate trend of events that took place during the re-run, INEC went ahead to unlawfully declare the result in favour of Ganduje, which threw the people of Kano into a state of mourning for weeks.
“It is evident that INEC in Kano and security apparatus have been compromised through inducement by the Ganduje’s administration. We have seen reports exposing speedy land allocation to some INEC officials. To a significant extent, Ganduje influenced the major decisions of the electoral body (INEC).
“I am still battling to recall which celebration Ganduje is referring to in his interview. Is he referring to the huge amount of money spent on DJs to amplify the celebration of his purported victory?
“To us, democracy was massacred during the Kano supplementary election, there was no election conducted. It was nothing buy a sham, which led to robbing the people’s mandate in a broad day light.”