Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said reacted to the decision of the main opposition party to challenge his victory in court.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate in the state Abba Yusuf had said they would challenge Governor Ganduje’s victory in court after he was declared winner of the keenly contested governorship election in the state. Recall that Yusuf has the strong backing of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso all along in the course of the battle to unseat Ganduje.
Reacting to the development, Ganduje said that he is ever ready to face the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which vowed to challenge his victory at the just concluded governorship election in court.
According to the Governor, challenging his victory will consume the PDP in Kano. He spoke at Ganduje town in Dawakin Tofa Local Government, when he received thousands of supporters who trooped to congratulate him over his re-election yesterday.
The governor said: “Before the rerun election, which we emerged victorious, they were deep-neck in ballot stuffing and other electoral offences, a ploy that was later uncovered.
“It was after that the ballot stuffing scenario that a genuine election was conducted in which a genuine result emerged. My thinking about these people is that they are about to kick-start what would later consume them. What they did in other elections of the state legislators in some places will be looked at, with the view to ascertaining authenticity of such votes they claimed to have gotten,” Ganduje said.
Recall that Governor Ganduje had given an indication of what his administration will do in its relationship with members of the opposition in the state. Ganduje assured that his administration won’t intimidate or harass people of the state and members of the opposition in the next four years.
Ganduje, who was re-elected during the just concluded supplementary election in the state, gave the assurance while stating that he would run an all-inclusive government in the next four years. In a statement signed by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, the Governor urged opposition to work together with his government in the interest of the state.
According to Ganduje: “I will not betray the people of the state and no one will be harassed or intimidated by my government.
“We have no intention whatsoever to intimidate anybody be it civil servant or private citizen. Elections are associated with heated debate on political differences, but they are over and we have a big task of working together because Kano belongs to all of us.”
The Governor also declared that he was ready to face the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which vowed to challenge his victory in court.
Governor Ganduje accused the PDP of electoral malpractice during the just concluded supplementary election. He said: “Before the re-run election, which we emerged victorious, they were deep-neck in ballot stuffing and other electoral offences, a ploy that was later uncovered.”
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