…As PPP seeks cancellation of Kano gov elections, Rivers too, alleges exclusion
The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has accused the state Police Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Wakili assisting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to rig the March 9 governorship election in the state.
This is even as the Peoples Progressive Party has asked the election petitions tribunals in Kano State to nullify the governorship elections held in the state and order fresh elections.
Ganduje claimed that Wakili gave the opposition protection while they rigged during the just-concluded governorship election in the state.
Speaking with another newspaper, the governor condemned the Commissioner of Police for arresting his deputy during the election period.
According to him, “He was giving them protection. He had no right to arrest a deputy governor.
In fact, we could have taken him to the court for doing that because he went against the constitution, particularly because the deputy governor has immunity.
“Our supporters were sighted in that particular collation centre, so the deputy governor went to tell them that they should leave the place, not knowing that the commissioner of police had already dispersed them. And he allowed the opponents to come in.
“So, when the deputy governor went in, instead of him to see our supporters he fell in the hands of the opposition. So he was biased. A member of the House of Reps was also arrested.
Two elected local government chairmen were arrested and taken to the police station. And we did not hear that any important person from the PDP was arrested. Is it not a bias?” He asked.
Demanding for the cancellation of the election, the PPP which also asked for the cancellation of the Rivers State election, hinged its demand on the unlawful exclusion of its governorship candidates in the two states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Mr. Clifford Edanuko was the party’s governorship candidate in Rivers State, while Hadiza Saba was its candidate in Kano State.
The party’s National Legal Adviser, Chibuzor Ezike, in a statement on Monday said his party seeks the nullification of the elections that produced Nyesom Wike in Rivers and Abdullahi Ganduje in Kano.
Ezike said the “unlawful exclusion” of the party’s governorship candidates by INEC was in violation of subsisting court judgment.
He said, “The PPP, after the nomination of its governorship candidates for the March 9 election, was not allowed to submit the names of its validly nominated candidates.
“This made the party to drag INEC to court before the election. The court delivered final judgment, days before the scheduled election, and ordered INEC to include the party’s candidates to prevent exclusion.
“The judgment was served on INEC before the March 9 election, but surprisingly, INEC went ahead in disobedience of the valid judgment and conducted the election in Kano and Rivers states to the exclusion of the PPP candidates.
“That action put the elections in those two states in legal jeopardy, with the possibility of nullification of the elections in Rivers and Kano states to pave the way for fresh governorship elections, a situation that could have been prevented,” he said.