From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba on Monday declared that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state, Abba Kabir Yusuf, should have accepted defeat in good faith and submit to the will of the people as the election of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje stands the test of time and any legal scrutiny.
Malam Garba stated this in a Press Statement he personally signed in reaction to an interview Abba Kabir granted Sunday Trust newspaper in Abuja, challenging the result of supplementary election that returned Ganduje as Governor.
The Commissioner pointed out that, “claiming victory by the gubernatorial candidate (Abba Kabir Yusuf) in the poll he lost, is a pointer that he is still in shudder of defeat.”
According to him, “the PDP and its candidate are yet to advance any concrete argument to discredit the election rated as most peaceful. Their attempt to heat up the polity and create unnecessary tension through their unguarded utterances days before, during and after the election failed and they are now blaming the APC for their failure.’’
Malam Garba added that, “the results from the March 9 governorship election show how the PDP was involved in over voting and thumb printing by its agents which was later uncovered.
“On March 23, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted supplementary election in some polling units in 28 local government areas of the state, and eventually declared Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the rightful winner.
‘’We have documented evidence on how their agents engaged in over voting, vote buying, vote stuffing, intimidation and harassment of innocent voters. There are some places where if you have to vote, it has to be for the PDP.”
He further stated that, “the claim that the rerun election was marred by violence, maiming and killing of innocent people also could not hold water as up till this moment, there is no documented evidence to that effect but pictures posted by their paid agents on social media platforms taken from ethnic and religious crises that occurred in other states of the federation and beyond.”
Malam Garba assured that, “Ganduje’s second tenure will be better than his first term because he will consolidate on his past achievements. His victory was a reflection of his performance in the last four years.”