Ex-minister Babatope raises alarm, says rigging Kano election will set Nigeria on fire

A former Minister of Transport, Ebenezer Babatope, has raised alarm over the inconclusive governorship election in Kano State, saying subverting the people’s will can destabilize the peace in the country and beyond.

In an interview with INDEPENDENT, Mr Babatope cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against manipulating the rerun elections in Kano state, which he described as a ‘political tinderbox’.

Mr Babatope said rigging election in Kano may be dangerous for Nigeria’s peace and stability, adding that any negative occurrence here will also affect Africa and the rest of the world.

He said: “I pray that INEC does not rig the rerun elections, especially in Kano state. If they do, they will be endangering the peace, unity and cohesion of Nigeria.

“There are many issues intertwined in the Kano election that requires caution. From all said and done, Nigeria is still our country and definitely, a United Nigeria is good for Nigerians, Africa and the world.

“Kano is a political tinderbox and if they tamper with it, then they would have murdered peace in Nigeria and that will be very dangerous.”

INEC had Monday night declared the governorship election held in Kano State inconclusive.

The election was declared inconclusive by the State Returning Officer, Bello Shehu, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi.

Abba Yusuf, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate had more votes than the incumbent state governor Abdullahi Ganduje with a slim margin of 26,655 votes.

Mr Yusuf polled 1,014,474 votes, while Mr Ganduje got 987,810.

With 2,211,520 accredited voters, 172 polling units were cancelled making a total of 100,873 votes cancelled and 49,761 rejected votes.