Vanguard for Democracy and Good Governance, a civil society group, has aligned with the position of former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega on the March 9 governorship election in Kano State.
Jega was earlier reported tom have berated some lecturers of Bayero University Kano (BUK) for allowing themselves to be used to cause electoral violence in the state during the March 9 exercise.
The Chairman of the group, Comrade Ahmed Ali in corroborating Jega’s position, said it was true that some top politicians of the Kwankwassiyya and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) used the BUK lecturers of to mastermind massive rigging and electoral irregularities that characterized the election.
In a statement Thursday which was made available to Daily Times, the group said that former governor of the state and now serving senator, Rabiu Kwankwaso, used the former Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi who was a former lecturer in BUK to mobilize lecturers who made efforts to compromise the election in favour of the PDP and its candidate.
The social crusader who said he attended the opening ceremony of the yearly conference of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN), where Jega berated BUK lecturers for aiding politicians to rig the election, said Kwankwaso and Dr. Bichi should be held responsible for the massive rigging and electoral malpractices that we’re recorded during the March 9 governorship election in Kano state.
The electoral malpractices recorded in Kano during the March 9 gubernatorial election were largely perpetrated by chieftains of the Kwankwassiyya Movement who did not only compromise lecturers, but also engaged in vote buying, intimidation of voters, thuggery and other forms of violence.
“I agree with the former chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega that there were irregularities during the March 9 gubernatorial election, particularly, in Kano state. The truth, however, remains that the Kwankwassiyya chieftains were responsible for those irregularities.
“Out of their desperation to seize power by all means, they connived with some university lecturers to rig that election which informed the decision of INEC to cancel polls in some units in 28 Local Government Areas and ordered for a rerun,” the statement said.
According to him, “I can also recall that university lecturers did not participate during the March 23 supplementary election in Kano state which finally gave the incumbent Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje victory.
“Though the Kwankwassiyya PDP tried to manipulate that rerun election, they were rebuffed by security agencies that stood their grounds and ensured that the right thing was done.
“In as much as I agree with Prof. Jega that some university lecturers were used to commit electoral malpractices, there is need to apportion the blame largely on desperate politicians within the Kwankwassiyya camp who wanted to return to power by all means,” the statement concluded.