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‘Kebbi gov’ship election was not inconclusive, APC won’

The governorship election held in Kebbi State on March 18 was not inconclusive and APC’s candidate Alhaji Nasiru Idris, Kauran Gwandu, who won the election…

The governorship election held in Kebbi State on March 18 was not inconclusive and APC’s candidate Alhaji Nasiru Idris, Kauran Gwandu, who won the election fair and square, should immediately be returned elected, deputy director general of APC’s campaign in the state Alhaji Abubakar Gari Malam, Shettiman Gwandu, said at the weekend.

Malam urged the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] to declare Idris the winner and reverse the inconclusive verdict earlier passed by the returning officer, Prof. Yusuf Sa’idu.

The returning officer had declared the results to be inconclusive due to what he said was cancellation of polling unit results in 20 of the state’s 21 local governments.

Malam, who is a retired Deputy Comptroller General of Customs, said: “Results from the election showed that APC’s candidate Alhaji Nasiru Idris, Kauran Gwandu, polled 388,258 while his closest rival, PDP candidate Major General Aminu Bande (retired), polled 342,980 votes.

“There is no need to declare the election inconclusive. Our candidate won fair and square. He is leading with 45,278 votes. In some states, candidates were declared winners when the margin was a fraction of that. There is no need for a supplementary election.”

He further said, “INEC cancelled election results in some polling units because of over voting and violence. Remember, the PDP candidate’s wife heads a department in INEC. It was also PDP that triggered violence in some of the polling units because they know they are our strongholds.

Despite all the PDP machinations, we are still very comfortably ahead. Even if it holds supplementary elections, we are confident of increasing our margin of victory because all the areas where the polls were cancelled are our strongholds.

I urge INEC to immediately declare our candidate as the winner of the election so that the people of Kebbi State, like those of most other states, will have peace of mind and go about their normal lives.”

 

The governorship election held in Kebbi State on March 18 was not inconclusive and APC’s candidate Alhaji Nasiru Idris, Kauran Gwandu, who won the election fair and square, should immediately be returned elected, deputy director general of APC’s campaign in the state Alhaji Abubakar Gari Malam, Shettiman Gwandu, said at the weekend.

Malam urged the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] to declare Idris the winner and reverse the inconclusive verdict earlier passed by the returning officer, Prof. Yusuf Sa’idu.

The returning officer had declared the results to be inconclusive due to what he said was cancellation of polling unit results in 20 of the state’s 21 local governments.

Malam, who is a retired Deputy Comptroller General of Customs, said: “Results from the election showed that APC’s candidate Alhaji Nasiru Idris, Kauran Gwandu, polled 388,258 while his closest rival, PDP candidate Major General Aminu Bande (retired), polled 342,980 votes.

“There is no need to declare the election inconclusive. Our candidate won fair and square. He is leading with 45,278 votes. In some states, candidates were declared winners when the margin was a fraction of that. There is no need for a supplementary election.”

He further said, “INEC cancelled election results in some polling units because of over voting and violence. Remember, the PDP candidate’s wife heads a department in INEC. It was also PDP that triggered violence in some of the polling units because they know they are our strongholds.

Despite all the PDP machinations, we are still very comfortably ahead. Even if it holds supplementary elections, we are confident of increasing our margin of victory because all the areas where the polls were cancelled are our strongholds.

I urge INEC to immediately declare our candidate as the winner of the election so that the people of Kebbi State, like those of most other states, will have peace of mind and go about their normal lives.”

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