‘Road-for-Votes’–Ganduje initiates road project in Gama one week to re-run election

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano state governor has rolled out bulldozers and other earth moving equipment in Gama ward of Nasarawa local government area of the state, where a supplementary election is due to take place in just seven days.

The project is an obvious road-for-vote stunt conceived in order to win the hearts and minds of residents so they can give their votes to Ganduje.

It was learnt that the road project is also being accompanied with the installation of a bore-hole to provide water to the area.

However, the move has been attracting different reactions, with many social media users mocking the gesture.

Gama ward has become a hotly contested zone between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the March 9 governorship election in the state was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

During the polls, Abba K. Yusuf, candidate of the PDP scored 1,014,474 votes ahead of Governor Ganduje of the APC who trailed behind with 987, 819 votes.

The margin between the rivals is a marginal 26,655 votes but INEC said the election was not conclusive because the number of canceled votes, a total of 128,572 votes has exceeded the margin.

Therefore, the commission re-scheduled a supplementary polls on March 23, 2019 at 172 polling units across 22 local governments where the cancelation occurred.

However, among affected polling areas, Gama ward along with Gobirawa and Yelwa wards in Dala and Municipal local goverments areas have the majority of registered voters.

See photos of the project below:

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