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In a civilised society, Gawuna and Garo should be in prison, says Prof. Hafiz Abubakar

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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A former deputy governor of Kano State, Hafiz Abubakar, has said that the incumbent deputy governor and gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC in 2023 election, should be in prison alongside his running mate, Murtala Garo.

Mr Abubakar, a professor of nutrition, stated this in a viral video clip, believed to be recorded at a public lecture in Kano.

DAILY NIGERIAN recalls that the duo of Messrs Gawuna and Garo disrupted the electoral exercise at a collation center in Nassarawa Local Government in the 2019 gubernatorial election when the then candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abba Kabir-Yusuf, was leading with a wide margin.

The incident forced the election to be declared inconclusive, and after the completion of the polls, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was declared winner by INEC.

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In what appears as a reward for the infamy, Mr Ganduje anointed Messrs Gawuna and Garo as governorship candidate and running mate respectively.

Billboards and posters, with screaming caption “Dakarun Inconclusive”, roughly meaning heroes of inconclusive election, was produced to praise the duo for the inconclusive election.

Mr Abubakar condemned the placement of the billboards, saying the candidates for governor and deputy governor are candidates that in any civilized society should be in prison.

“I take the example of Kano today. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, today in Kano, we have billboards which are celebrating those people that led to the inconclusive election of 2019, whose video is nationally and internationally available, showing the two of them, going to the polling station to disrupt and steal votes.

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“The candidates for governor and deputy governor are people that in any civilized society should be in prison. Today, they are the gubernatorial candidates of Kano in 2023 [election]. And so much that they are being celebrated with billboards. The agents of inconclusiveness as heroes, as HEROES!

“I allow us to judge where we are in politics today and I will come back after the lecture, thank you,” he added.

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