The Peoples Democratic Party in Kano State has described the governorship and House of Assembly elections won by the All Progressives Congress, APC as anything but fair.
APC governorship candidate and deputy governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje defeated his PDP rival, Malam Salihu Sagir Takai by 1,546,434 votes to 509,726.
Reacting to the outcome, PDP spokesman and agent, Alhaji Ubale Jakada Kiru said certain discrepancies discovered in some local council results should have been corrected.
“In reality, I’m of the opinion that this is what we call free and fair election, so we will accept it as such. Otherwise I’m sure you must have seen some of the contradictions even in the results submitted by some of the local government returning officials. I took up one particularly in Gwale local government, he couldn’t answer my question. Not even the Chief Returning Officer could answer my question.
“I’m very disappointed by the way the issue was handled. I believe it was wrong for anybody to allocate 15,000 votes for anybody unlawfully only to come back later when he realised he was wrong and he wanted to make amends in some places. Secondly, you must have come across those various cancellations of so many units in so many local governments, which we understand is caused by violence, most cases ballot box stuffing and these were allegations made against APC.
“We wrote formally to INEC over all these and wonder why they chose not to consider our petition”.
Also speaking on behalf of the APC, Secretary to the State Government, Rabiu Suleiman Bichi expressed happiness with the outcome which, he said, came from the enormous services provided by the current administration.
Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in Kano in the just concluded gubernatorial election, Mallam Takir has called his APC rival and winner of the election and accordingly conceded defeat.
A statement signed by Bala Kudu, the Director Press and Public Relations to the governor-elect , Dr Ganduje confirmed that Malam Takai congratulated the winner of the election, via phone call shortly after the official declaration of result by INEC’s returning officer and accepted the outcome of the result in good faith.
Malam Takai acknowledged that political contest was a two-way traffic whereby one either wins or loses and prays for his opponent to discharge his duty diligently, so as to meet the expectation of the electorate.
Responding, the governor-elect not only appreciated Malam Takai’s goodwill message, but described it as a demonstration of exemplary statesmanship.

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