By Samuel Ogundipe,
In what seems to be a strategic response to the demand of Governor Rotimi Amaechi that the general elections conducted in Rivers State on March 28 be cancelled over alleged irregularities, the Peoples Democratic Party has also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to look into the results of the general elections in Kano State.
Presidential elections results from Kano State have already been announced by INEC. General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC won the Northwestern state with 1,903,999 votes against President Jonathan’s 225,779 votes.
In a petition that was sent to INEC and copied to pressmen on Monday morning, the party’s Kano State Secretary, Alhaji Auwalu Danzabuwa, said the already announced results should be cancelled in its totality.
“The PDP hereby protests the way, manner and procedure adopted by your commission in the conduct of the above exercise,” the petition read. “We hereby put forward the following as examples, Gurjiya Cikin Gari Polling Unit (006), Dagumawa Cikin Gari Polling Unit (007) and Dagumawa Bayan Sakateriya (004).”
The party alleged further that the elections were marred by widespread intimidation which it said resulted in systemic disenfranchisement of its supporters across the state.
“Dawakin Tofa and Rimin Gado local governments received 40,000 and 15, 000 ballot papers respectively.
“In addition, a car Renault model belonging to one Alhaji Bilya of Bachirawa Quarters was loaded with APC thump-printed ballot papers; the case was reported to Bachirawa Police Division.
“Violent conduct by APC members chased out eligible voters from polling units and stuffing of ballot papers, thump printed by APC agents while INEC officials were made to endorse same under duress.”
The All Progressives Congress had earlier petitioned the nation’s electoral body over the elections in Rivers State, demanding outright cancellation of the results because no election took place there.
“The parody of election held in Rivers State on Saturday was characterised by deliberate non-release of result sheets to nearly all the centres, active collaboration and collusion of the INEC staff with the People’s Democratic Party in undermining the credibility of the election,” a statement by the party said.
INEC has since raised a 3-man fact-finding committee to look into the concerns raised by the APC.
The spokesmen of both APC and PDP did not immediately return a call put through to them by the WESTERN POST seeking comments.