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Kano, the most populous state in northern Nigeria, was on the brink on Monday, two days after close to two million residents cast their votes to elect the next governor.
Tension was reaching to the skies, especially after the ruling All Progressives Congress’ deputy governor and a Commissioner were picked up by the metropolitan police overnight for reportedly trying to manipulate election results in Nassarawa local government.
The opposition People’s Democratic Party which was headed for victory has raised alarm, and asked for the declaration of results.
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With fears escalating and allegations of attempted election rigging spreading fast, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday assured the general public that the results of the gubernatorial election in Nassarawa local government area of Kano state were intact and safe.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano, Professor Riskuwa Arabu Shehu gave the assurance while briefing journalists on the update of the results collation disruption at the Nasarawa local government area earlier on Monday.
He noted that the action affected only a ward out of the ten wards in the area
Prof. Shehu said that the result of the ten wards are intact and not affected as the commission will regenerate the results from the primary and secondary data where the 11th ward was collation.
“We are on it, we would be transparent. We have nothing to hide all what we are demanding for is for the parties to be patient to allow the commission to regenerate the gubernatorial results from the source”.
He however urged residents to be peaceful so as not to trigger unnecessary trouble in the state.
“There is need for us to conduct ourselves in a peaceful manner so that when there is peace, harmony will reign. This is what we are pleading for the people to understand.However, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Rabiu Suleiman Bichi urged INEC in Kano to declare the gubernatorial election results in favor of PDP candidate , Abba. K Yusuf
According to him, ” I am baffled why INEC is delaying the declaration of PDP as the winner of the March 9th, governorship election, arguing that, since there are 11 wards in the LGA and 10 have already been concluded, the isolated ward should not have affected the release of the results in the whole LGA.
“We are pleading for as a matter of urgency to declare PDP as the winner of the election for peace to reign in Kano because the atmosphere in Kano is tense”. Bichi appealed.
He cited the precedent in Ekiti state where such occurred in four wards and the results were announced and declared