Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh re-run elections in the state, saying there was no elections in Kano state.
Kwankwaso, who spoke on Saturday to newsmen at his residence condemned the alleged role of the police under the command of Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Anthony Micheal Obizi, who he said provided back up for armed thugs to perpetrate violence and massive rigging.
He said the widespread violence and rigging of the supplementary polls took place in all the 28 local governments affected by the rerun.
“It is very sad that elections could not hold today because by yesterday evening, all the polling units in the rerun areas were overtaken by thugs. Very early morning today elections were concluded in many polling centres.
“And even more concerning is the role of the police under the leadership of DIG Anthony Obizie who actually back up thugs under the leadership of the Kano state government. It is a very sad day for all of us and a very sad day for democracy.
“There are very few places where elections took place especially here in the city but there was no election in the overwhelming places because they were overtaken by thugs. People were going round with ballot papers and result sheets, writing what they wanted and submitted them to the INEC officials.
“Our prayer is that this elections should be canceled and re-scheduled so that we can have better, free and fair elections in Kano. I don’t think by all standards, the elections here in Kano can hold water. It is unacceptable and I don’t think INEC can go ahead to count because there is nothing to count,” Kwankwaso said.
Meanwhile, the national headquarters of the PDP has also supported its Kano chapter in calling for the cancellation of the whole exercise on the grounds of widespread violence and rigging by “thugs hired by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)”.
This was contained in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the party.
“The PDP said all material facts on the supplementary election in Kano state show that rampaging APC thugs violently took over polling units, attacked and chased away voters and engaged in massive thumb-printing and ballot stuffing for the APC.
“INEC is already aware that the Police arrested the Kano State Commissioner for Special Duties, Muktar Yakasai alongside APC thugs he led to disrupt election in Yelwa in Dala Local Government area of the State.
“Also INEC is already aware of how APC thugs attacked voters in polling units in Gama area of Kano state during which four PDP members were feared killed and many more injured before they carted away ballot boxes for stuffing for the APC.
“The PDP cautions INEC to note that in this circumstance, any results they come out with from this convoluted electoral process will be a sham and will surely be rejected by the people of Kano state.”It is completely reprehensible that the APC and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje would resort to violence and bloodletting as a means to attempt to hold on to power after they have been rejected by the people.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that our party grew democracy for 16 years without watering the quest for power with the blood of the innocent as the APC has done in the 2019 general election.
“The PDP therefore charges INEC to save the nation from crisis by cancelling the Kano Supplementary election, as failure to do so is not in the best interest of our dear nation,” the statment read.