INEC declares Ganduje winner of disputed Kano rerun election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as the winner of the disputed supplementary elections in the state.

The March 23 elections which recorded widespread violence, voter intimidation and massive rigging has been condemned by a number of civil society organizations and observer groups.

Announcing the results on Sunday, Professor Bello Shehu, INEC returning officer for the rerun polls said Ganduje scored 1,033,695 votes to beat his main opponent Abba Kabir Yusuf who polled 1, 024,705 votes.

Ganduje of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 8990 votes.

“Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of APC, having satisfied all the requirements stipulated by INEC is hereby returned elected,” Shehu said.

The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of the Kano State governorship election.

Ganduje defeated his major contender, Abba Kabir Yusuf of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 8990 votes.

The result of the election put Ganduje ahead, having scored 1,033,695 votes against Yusuf who polled 1,024, 705 votes.

Announcing the result on Sunday evening, the INEC returning officer for the Kano rerun election, Professor Bello Shehu said Mr is returned elected, having satisfied all the requirements stipulated by the electoral body.

“Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of APC, having satisfied all the requirements stipulated by INEC is hereby returned elected,” said the returning officer.

It would be recalled that (INEC) had declared the governorship election, held on March 9 inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes, a total of 128, 324 exceeded the margin between the two main rivals which was 26,655 in favor of Yusuf.

But after the re-run election, Ganduje polled 45,876 votes, while Yusuf scored 10,239 votes.

PDP rejects results

However, the PDP swiftly issued a statement rejecting the outcome of the rerun elections, insisting that Yusuf is the bonafide winner of the governorship election.

The statement, signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the party warned that declaring the APC as winner by INEC could trigger monumental political crisis in the state.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its candidate, Abba K. Yusuf, is the rightful winner of the Kano state governorship election, saying any declaration that does not reflect such cannot stand.

“The whole world knows that the PDP and its candidate, Abba Yusuf, won the Kano state governorship election since March 9, 2019, having fulfilled the constitutional requirement of securing the highest number of votes and the statutory 25% in two-third of the state.

“The so-called governorship supplementary election in Kano is a national disgrace and a mere figure allocating exercise by compromised INEC officials, who collaborated with power drunk politicians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to award results to the APC candidate.

“The party therefore cautions INEC against any attempt to import contrived figures from the illegitimate March 23 charade as such will be a clear recipe for anarchy and serious crisis in the state.

“The people of Kano state have a long history of firm resistance against corrupt and oppressive forces. Their will must therefore not be stretched in this election.

“The Kano people have abundantly expressed their rejection of the corrupt and incompetent government of Abdullahi Ganduje and his party, the APC, and no amount of machination can cow or force them to abandon their resolve for a new governor in Abba Yusuf,” the party said.

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