From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Monday told his major contender, Abba Kabiru Yusuf of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he is still in shudder of defeat.
The defeated Yusuf granted interview with Sunday Trust newspaper in Abuja, challenging the result of the supplementary election that returned Ganduje as governor of the state.
However, Ganduje, through his Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba said the PDP governorship candidate in the state should have accepted the defeat in good faith and submit to the will of the people as the election of Ganduje stands.
A statement signed by the commissioner in reaction to the interview indicated that claiming victory by the gubernatorial candidate in the
poll he lost is a pointer that he is still in shudder of defeat.
Malam Garba argued that the PDP and its candidate are yet to advance any concrete argument to discredit the election rated as most peaceful, saying ‘’their attempt to heat up the polity and create unnecessary tension through their unguarded utterances days before, during and after the election failed and are now blaming the APC for their failure.’’
The commissioner pointed out that the results from the March 9 governorship election showed how the PDP was involved in over voting and thumb printing by its agents which was later uncovered and so the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had to cancel the polls and conduct supplementary election in some polling units in 28 local government areas of the state.
‘’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,’’ the statement adds.
“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,” he said
The commissioner assured that Ganduje’s second tenure will be better than his first term because he will consolidate on his past achievements, saying that his victory was a reflection of his performance in the last four years.