The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kano State chapter have alleged that the just concluded supplementary elections in the state was the most horrific elections ever conducted where the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Kano State Government deployed all mechanisms to orchestrate violence against the citizens.
The party noted that the good people of Kano state had witnessed a broad daylight robbery of their mandate by the enemies of democracy.
The PDP made this known in their reaction to the polls which was contained in a press statement signed by Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, Spokesperson to Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate.
According to the Yusuf, “It is with tremendous zeal and courage that we joined the 2019 Kano gubernatorial contest, believing in the impartiality of the umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies.
“We were on a mission to restore the lost glory of our dear state from the hand of political predators who have destroyed every meaningful programme and policies set by the previous administration of Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
They alleged that the deliberate disruption of results collation process in Nasarawa Local Government, which led to the cancellation of Gama Ward, alongside numerous other Polling Units across the 28 Local Government Areas and the appalling conduct of the players in the inconclusive Election, had raised huge doubts about the professionalism of the security agencies and the effectiveness, credibility and fairness of INEC as an organization as well as professionalism and neutrality of the security agencies.
“We have written to INEC at the beginning of the exercise calling for the cancellation of the ongoing rerun election, but the electoral body decided to shelve our request and continue the process in a rascally way.
“It was reliably gathered that most INEC representatives were compromised by the Kano State Government.
“The declaration of a winner on the basis of the charade of 23rd March 2019 is most unfortunate to say the least.
“A process scarred by reports of massive violence, intimidation and financial inducement was sanctioned INEC officials and accepted by security agencies as peaceful, particularly DIG Anthony Michael who was brought to Kano to usurp the role of the State Police Command, allowing thuggery to reign while publicly certifying such horrible abuse of voters.
“It is indeed saddening that the Commission abandoned the basic tenets of fairness and allowed a process characterized by large scale fraud such as thuggery, vote buying and voter disenfranchisement sponsored by the ruling APC to be admitted into the records of electioneering with the sole aim of favouring the incumbent Governor.
“Several independent organizations, International and Domestic observers, the local and international media have reported massive violence, intimidation, harassment, flagrant violation and abuse of electoral laws, in most of the polling stations PDP agents were frightened away and denied access to their assigned polling units.
“Yet, INEC and its cronies turned a blind eye to all the happenings and deemed this charade as worthy of being accepted.
“It is clear that the will of Kano people has been subverted, with the security agencies as willing accomplices and the INEC representatives as enablers.
“The 23rd of March 2019 blew a wind of sorrow for families that lost loved ones and those that sustained various degrees of injuries.
“At this juncture, we want to sincerely express our heartfelt sympathies to all those who suffered injustice in one way or the other during the rerun elections”.
The party in the condemnation of the polls revealed that they have decided to take legal action through the Election Petition Tribunal, adding that the mandate of the people will be restored due to the overwhelming evidence that has been gathered.