PDP rejects governorship election results in Kaduna

Isa Ashiru Kudan
Isa Ashiru Kudan

Isa Ashiru, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in Kaduna, has rejected the outcome of the governorship election in the state.

Mr Ashiru expressed his rejection of the result as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while speaking to journalists in Kaduna on Monday.

The PDP candidate who lost to Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, candidate of the All progressives Congress (APC), said he has substantial evidence showing that the election was manipulated.

He called for outright cancellation of the results, alleging gross irregularities in some local government areas of the state.

According to him, reports obtained by his party agents across the state revealed that the elections were marred by a lot of irregularities.

“It is on the basis of these established irregularities that our party in a petition to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC rejected the results and called for its outright cancellation.

“It is important for you to note that available reports have shown that smart card readers were not used during the elections in a lot of polling units,” he said.

The PDP candidate listed areas affected by the alleged irregularities as Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna North, Igabi, Zaria, Lere and Ikara Local Government Areas.

“It is our firm belief that the non-usage of the card readers which is a violation of the electoral guidelines have rendered the results from these areas invalid.

“Another issue of concern to our party was the clear militarisation of the electoral process in various part of the state,” he said.

Mr Ashiru said the disparity between the number of votes obtained by the APC in the presidential elections and that of the governorship elections was another cause for concern.

“How can the people of Kaduna State be convinced the APC will earn more votes during the governorship elections than it got in the presidential elections,” he asked

Meanwhile, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kaduna, Kaugama Abdullahi has confirmed receiving a petition against the outcome of the governorship poll from the PDP.

Mr Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the PDP had requested to inspect the election materials used during the poll in the state.

He said the commission had already directed its legal department to take necessary actions on the petition since the request was within the law.

(NAN)

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