Chairman Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Dansheriff, said his party was not defeated in the Minjibir bye-election but withdrew from the contest due to conspiracy by federal government and security agencies against PDP.
The Chairman, who disclosed this in an interview with Nigerian Pilot Saturday, said he noted that the security agents took side with the ruling party and brought over 1, 000 vehicles into Minjibir Friday morning contrary to the agreement reached.
“Security agents are federal government agents and they decided to take side. Whether they were even directed by the federal government to side the APC, we do not know.
“Everybody knows in this country that they sided with them, so, there is nothing we can do even if we go to court, the same court belong to APC. There was no defeat against the party in the bye-election of state assembly conducted in Minjibir, nobody defeated us because we did not participate in the election for reasons that our agreement with APC was flouted.
“The two major party, PDP and APC, had an agreement with security agents not to allow any stranger enter Minjibir local government entirely, and the security agents agreed with the decision, but to our greatest surprised, our members in Minjibir this morning, counted over 1, 000 vehicle, allowed into the place with hoodlums for the election of a single LG”.
“We reported this to the DIG Police who happened to be the immediate past commissioner of police, Kano State. We reported the matter to him and even sighted 7’ villages located.
“We gave him the names, he took it and told us he was going to chase them out, he went to Minjibir with the commissioner of police and saw everything, but to our surprise, he was not able to chase this people out. Few seconds later, a Police team went to the LG secretariat and mounted road block there where they allowed only APC supporters with their vehicles into the place and hide there.
“On the other hand, almost all the election point (polling center) was seen with a lot of people and vehicles of about 20-30. It was in the night, the PDP stakeholders and the candidates in LG had a meeting and discussed the security implication and the consequences and agreed that it was going to be a tragic one, because anybody can be killed there.
“ We decided to pull out for that reason. So nobody will tell you we have been defeated because we didn’t participate. We knew we would have won if it were free and fair election.
“The issue is that, they should be fair. Just because you have the government, then you collaborate with the security agents and take what is not yours is not unfair because they are there today, tomorrow they may not be there.
“The security of our people was more important to us than winning election. As long as anybody could be assaulted in name of election violence, we didn’t want it. That is our reason for rejecting the election”, he lamented.
Rabiu also said PDP will not take any legal action because it will end up in the court controlled by the ruling APC government.

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