Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Returning Officer who superintend over Kano state governorship election, in Nassarwa LG, professor Ibrahim Khaleel has dismissed the allegations of issues of over-voting and violence attributed to the cancellation of the outcome of the elections in Gama ward.
The Nation reports that the Returning Officer, who appeared before the state Election Petition Tribunal, on subpoena, said there were no formal reports of cases of violence and over voting during the governorship election held on March 9th in Gama ward.
According to him, the INEC Returning Officer assigned to Gama only failed to reconcile the results scored by the gubernatorial contestants, disclosing that twice, he gave injunction to the ward Returning Officer to reconcile the discrepancies evident in the ward results.
Khaleel said, “I did not receive a formal report about the violence in Gama, I was told, i did receive a report about the cancellation of the results in Gama, I did not cancel the results in Gama ward.”
Earlier, Khaleel told the judicial panel that chaos occurred at the local government collation centre, alleging that, former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Farouk Lawal and others resort to intimidating him.
“Hon Farouk Lawan and some others stood on me, which was intimidating, and the collation hall was crowded, some people came from behind me, I did not see their faces to know who they were, then pandemonium broke out.
“I ran out of the building and took cover, later we relocated to the state Collation Centre for safety.” The court heard.
“There were gunshots, there was chaos and the electoral documents were carted away by one Dr Umar Tanko Yakasai, who was my former student, I know very well.”
The presiding judge, Justice Halima Shamaki ordered the matter adjourned to August 26th for continuation of hearing.