Nigeria Elections: Ganduje re-elected Kano state governor

by Samuel Abasi Last updated on March 29th, 2019,

Abuja, Nigeria: Governor Umar ganduje of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has won the controversial Kano State governorship election.

Ganduje won with a margin of less than 9,000 votes after the collation of figures for the supplementary elections held on March 23, 2019.

Kibiya and Nasarawa Local Government Areas had delayed the final collation till now.

The results for the LGAs in the supplementary elections were declared on Sunday evening.

For Kibiya LGA, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Abba Yusuf polled 228 votes, while the APC polled 371 votes.

For Nasarawa LGA, APC secured a whopping 10,536 votes against 3,409 votes secured by the PDP.

After checks by the returning officer, valid votes stood at 14,048; rejected votes were 376, while total votes cast were 14,424.

So, at the end of the supplementary elections held in 28 LGAs on March 23, PDP polled a total of 10,239 votes against 45,876 votes secured by APC.

Before the elections were declared inconclusive after the March 9 governorship election, PDP was leading with 1,014,474 votes, while APC had secured 987,819 votes.

However, after the March 23 governorship election, the total figures for APC stood at 1,033,695 votes against 1,024,713 votes secured by PDP, meaning ganduje won with a margin of 8,982 votes.

Four polling units were cancelled in Gama Ward in Nasarawa LGA due to incidents of over voting and violence. A total of 2,639 votes were cancelled.

While the Presidential and National Assembly elections were concluded, the Governorship and State House of Assembly polls suffered a setback in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the governorship election in 29 states, except Edo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Bayelsa, Kogi, and Anambra States.

However, the governorship elections were declared inconclusive in Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, and Plateau, while INEC suspended electoral processes in Rivers State.The electoral body fixed March 23 to conduct supplementary elections for Governorship and House of Assembly polls.

PDP rejects Kano supplementary election results

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed not to sign the results of the just concluded gubernatorial re-run election before the official declaration by the state collation officer in Kano north-western Nigeria.

Speaking after the collation, acting chairman of the party Alh Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi said the results were doctored as “no election took place on the 23rd of March,2019 in the state”.

Speaking earlier the member representing Dala federal constituency and one of the party collation officer at the centre Hon Ali Madakin Gini observed that the embattled Ward (Gama) in Nassarawa local government witnessed a number violence and alleged that thugs denied their members right to vote.

42 Parties In Kano Reject Re-run Governorship Election Results

Forty-two political parties in Kano under the aegis of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in the state have rejected the results of the re-run governorship election of March 23.

They alledged that the process was characterised by gross irregularities.

The state CUPP chairman, Mohammed Abdullahi-Rahi, made the position of the group known while addressing a news conference in Kano.

He alleged that the supplementary election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was marred by violence, over voting, intimidation and voter disenfranchasement

According to him, thuggery and voter-intimidation were reported in almost all the polling units where the re-run election was conducted, with reports of loss of lives, open vote-buying and other electoral malpractices.

”It was clear that the level of violence recorded during the March 9 election that led to cancellation of results of some polling units is by far less than what was recorded during the March 23 election, yet the electoral body turned a blind eye on the happenings by accepting and announcing the results.

”We are at this juncture, debunking the illegitimate declaration of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as governor-elect in the just concluded March 23 re-run elections in Kano due to gross irregularities and electoral fraud committed before, during and after the elections.”

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