Ex-campaign DG urges INEC to declare APC winner of Kebbi governorship election
The former Deputy Director General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Campaign in Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Gari Malam, Shettiman Gwandu, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately declare APC candidate, Alhaji Nasiru Idris, Kauran Gwandu, as the winner of the Kebbi State governorship election instead of saying it is inconclusive.
Neptune Prime recalls that INEC’s Returning Officer, Professor Yusuf Sa’idu, on Monday declared the governorship election results inconclusive due to the cancellation of some polling units results in 20 of the state’s 21 local governments.
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Speaking in Abuja on Friday, Malam, who is a retired Deputy Comptroller General of Customs, said, “Results from the election showed that APC’s candidate Alhaji Nasiru Idris, Kauran Gwandu, polled 388,258 while his closest rival, Major General Aminu Bande (retired), from the PDP, polled 342,980 votes.
“There is no need to declare the election inconclusive. Our candidate won fair and square. He is leading with 45,278 votes. In some states, candidates were declared winners when the margin was a fraction of that. There is no need for a supplementary election.”
Speaking further, the ex-DCG said, “INEC cancelled election results in some polling units because of overvoting and violence. Remember, the PDP candidate’s wife heads a department in INEC. It was also PDP that triggered violence in some of the polling units because they knew they are our strongholds.
“Despite all the PDP machinations, we are still very comfortably ahead. Even if there is any supplementary election, we are confident of increasing our margin of victory because all the areas where the polls were cancelled are our strongholds.
I urge INEC to immediately declare our candidate as the election winner so that the people of Kebbi State, like those of most other states, will have peace of mind and go about their everyday lives,” he said.