Abba Yusuf, the Kano State gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result of the supplementary election that declared Governor Ganduje the winner as been characterized with violence.
Yusuf issued this statement on Monday after the announcement of Ganduje as the winner of the Saturday supplementary election.
“This is the most horrific ever and I will challenge the victory of Governor Ganduje at the election tribunal. In the political history of Kano, we have undergone the most horrific election ever, where the ruling APC and the Kano State Government deployed all mechanisms to orchestrate violence against the citizens”, he said.
As we recall, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Kano State election inconclusive and fixed Saturday, March 23, 2019, for supplementary election. This new election was said to have been marred judging by the reports of harassment of residents and journalists.
Speaking on these incidents, Yusuf said he was shocked by what he saw on March 9 and March 23, when voting was disrupted in many polling units.
He said he had joined the governorship race believing that INEC would be impartial, while security agencies would guarantee the safety of all participants.
In the final results declared by Bello Shehu, Ganduje scored 1,033,695 votes to win the election, while Yusuf came second with 1,024,713 votes.
However, the PDP candidate said he was disappointed that top Police officers deployed in the state watched as acts of lawlessness took place, only to appear publicly to say that the process was peaceful.
“We condemn this fraud in its entirety. We have decided to take a legal action through the Election Petitions Tribunal with overwhelming evidence that has been gathered, and Insha Allah, the mandate of the good people of Kano State shall be reclaimed”, he added.