Governor Ganduje speaks on ‘underage voting’ in Kano

Underage voters used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Post-Nigeria]

Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has described trending photos and videos of children voting in last Saturday’s local government election in the state as “propaganda” by his political opponents.

The governing All Progressives Congress, APC, won 100 per cent of all chairmanship and councillor seats in all the 44 local governments in the state.

However, the social media has been awash with images of children queuing to vote, sparking national outrage.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday washed its hands off the scandal, saying the election was conducted by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission.

Speaking with journalists at the presidential villa on Tuesday, Mr. Ganduje said the images were simply propaganda orchestrated by his political opponents loyal to his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

“Ask the international observers who went there, they held a press conference after they went round. All those pictures of children are pictures of assembled children they took, so it’s not true, it is part of the propaganda,” he said.

He also said Mr. Kwankwaso who is a Senator, resorted to propaganda because of his failure to go to Kano and participate in the election.

“Ask them, did they go back to the state to queue up and take part in the election? They were not able to do so, so we don’t even need to respond to such falsehood,” he said.

“What is important is to ask those who are credible and who witnessed the election; that is what is important than relying on the social media where things are crafted, we don’t rely on that,” he said.

Why I’m fighting Kwankwaso

The Kano governor also opened up on the reasons for his ongoing feud with his predecessor and former political benefactor.

He said although, his politics is not complete without Mr. Kwankwaso, the governor’s politics too cannot be complete without his.

Mr. Ganduje said he cannot be “controlled”.

Mr. Ganduje said he and his predecessor had come a long way, but that “somewhere, somehow, things went wrong”.

“But one important thing is that you cannot rule and manage a state and you are being controlled from outside, you know that one is very difficult to happen if you look at the psychology of leaders. That is the issue,” he said.


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  • FreeNigeria

    Under age voting na one small wahala, what about foreigners and dead people voting

    • Freedom Bini

      Niger and Chad is upper Nigeria when it comes to election.

  • john peters

    500m votes promised buhari and apc by 2019,under age votes is how to get them.

  • Shahokaya

    I was also wondering why Kwankwaso supporters did not take part in the election if they are popular.

  • Janjaweed

    Ganduje listen to me, Kwakwanso has been there before you so he knows about underage voting…Or how else did you come to power? So, we all know the massive voting fraud in Kano and the North generally…Cows with names are registered and their owners vote in their stead…Also, will you deny that?

  • Imam OLODO

    SOuth Africa has recalled Corrupt Zuma. Why can’t Nigerian parliament and people recall killer Imam Olodo? Is he not far worser than Zuma?

    • Ade Omowest

      Tell the Senators and the legislators in the House of Representative in your District/State to kick start the impeachment of Buhari if you feel bad about him as South Africa constitution is different from that of Nigeria.

  • Gary

    SO the State Governor, Police and Aso Rock conspired to keep Kwankwaso away from Kano to prevent him from mobilizing his own supporters for the recent council polls? Okay, hope Nigerians are following the trend of what to expect as we move towards the polls in 2019. If they did this to a fellow partyman, what would they do to the opposition when campaigns start for 2019?

  • Zul-karnaini Ibrahim

    The gvnor is playing with people’s intelligence.
    God is exposing their desperation.
    He knows what he has done, that is why he carried out the swearing in ceremony the following day on Sunday midnight.
    They are all crooks.

  • Inieke Akpan Ekuma

    voting fraud in nigeria is everywhere the strategy may be different so we can’t comment on this page since the time of obasanjo to the time of goodluck fraud is highly respected

    • Odinaka

      So this is your warped view of this unfortunate comment by a Nigerian governor? I wonder the type of education some of you had. Or is it due to lack of exposure to the way things are done in other climes?

      • Odinaka, what else do you expect from a full grown man with slavery mentality?

      • Inieke Akpan Ekuma

        Issues of the way things should be done is not discussed here, my point is from, West, South, north and east tell me where election is conducted credibly using grass root (local government) example

  • marcos avelino

    And governors want state police !!

  • AlBsure23

    Liar Ganduje.

  • This is the only reason I don’t support state police. The impunity, lies and killing will be enormous. Ganduje is a big fat lier. He can say all he want but we know the truth and the observers has also reported massive rigging and underage voting so which other observers is he talking about. Everything APC is a sham. I just want the death of APC and may God visit all these wicked politicians abacha style. We no longer need them in Nigeria.


    I don’t understand this crook of a Governor. How can you say a live video recording with INEC machines etc are propaganda? Does this man think we are all fools? He and Buhari and Inspector General of Police Idris asked Kwankwanso not to go to Kano during the election. They knew what they wanted to do. It is a shame.
    These almajeri children voters are what Buhari and APC depends upon to rig the 2019 elections. Two days ago, Buhari vaunted that APC would receive massive votes next year. Nigerians will shock them. It will be North versus North. There are many and sufficient democrats and sensible people in the North that will resist this corruption and fraud. This is shameless. All those INEC officials should be arrested and jailed and those who sponsored them.
    It is so shameful that the INEC national office is distancing themselves from this. They know they can’t defend this brazen fraud.



    Already, the rigging of 2019 elections have started. Many children are already being registered by INEC officials in the North.

    Meanwhile, the registration machines are very few in South West and other regions. They are frustrating those who want to register. They will fail.