…As UK calls for peaceful, transparent supplementary elections
By Admin – March 23, 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the supplementary governorship election ongoing across the 28 local government areas of the state.
Rabiu Sulaiman-Bichi, acting chairman of the party, made the call while addressing journalists on Saturday.
Bichi said there was need for the commission to cancel the election as the process had completely been taken over by armed political thugs.
“Today this charade called re-run election was slated to hold in Kano and other states but unfortunately, what we have in Kano is nothing but a sham,” he said.
“Reports reaching us since yesterday indicated that thugs have allegedly been mobilised to take over all the 208 polling units.”
According to him, the thugs were allegedly brought from Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau and other neighbouring states and were “armed to the teeth”, posing as voters in the polling units in the localities.
The chairman alleged that the thugs freely voted with permanent voter cards (PVCs) that did not belong to them, while some posed as INEC staff.
He said as a peace-loving party, the PDP had alerted security agencies, in addition to writing a letter of caution to the INEC resident electoral commissioner to alert him to the situation.
Meanwhile, The United Kingdom has called for a peaceful process as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducts supplementary elections in some states.
The UK said this via a tweet from the verified handle of the British High Commission in Nigeria on Friday.
It said it would deploy election observes in some of the states where the exercise would take place on Saturday.
The UK also called on Nigerians in affected states to turn up for the elections, in order to exercise their democratic rights to vote for the candidates on their choice.
As part of our continued support for Nigerian Democracy, we will be observing supplementary elections in some states tomorrow. We look forward to a peaceful and transparent process and encourage all eligible citizens to exercise their democratic rights to vote.
The supplementary elections for the Governorship and State House of Assembly polls are taking place in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This followed the governorship election held on March 9 in 29 states, except Edo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Bayelsa, Kogi, and Anambra States.
However, the governorship elections were declared inconclusive in Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, and Plateau, while INEC suspended electoral processes in Rivers State.