The re-run governorship election of March 23 results has been rejected by Forty-two political parties in Kano under the aegis of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) . They alledged that the process was characterised by gross irregularities.
The state CUPP chairman, Mohammed Abdullahi Raji made the position of the group known while addressing a news conference about the the re-run governorship election result in Kano, on Tuesday.
He alleged that the supplementary election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was flawed by violence, over voting, intimidation and disenfranchisement of voter.
thuggery and voter-intimidation were reported in almost all the polling units where the re-run election was conducted, with reports of loss of lives, open vote-buying and other electoral malpractices, according to him.
”It was clear that the level of violence recorded during the March 9 election that led to cancellation of results of some polling units is by far less than what was recorded during the March 23 election, yet the electoral body turned a blind eye on the happenings by accepting and announcing the results.
According to Raji, the most disheartening situation, during the rerun election was that of smart card readers were not used. Raji accused security agencies and INEC of compromise, stressing that the latter turned blind eye to the irregularities and decided to declare the winner
”We are at this juncture, debunking the illegitimate declaration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as governor-elect in the just concluded March 23 re-run elections in Kano due to gross irregularities and electoral fraud committed before, during and after the elections.” (NAN), he concluded.
He confirmed that the Coalition had decided to take legal action on the situation, as soon as possible.