Ganduje’s aide speaks on Nassarawa collation centre fiasco, blames PDP for tearing result sheet

Deputy governor Nasiru Gawuna sandwiched between two policemen being taken to Kano Police Command headquarters, Bompai.
Deputy governor Nasiru Gawuna sandwiched between two policemen being taken to Kano Police Command headquarters, Bompai.

A top aide of the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has revealed his own side of the story of what transpired at the Nassarawa Local Government collation centre on Airport Road, Kano, saying agents of the PDP were the major culprits.

The aide, who was among those beaten a pulp by party agents, however pleaded for anonymity.

He accused PDP stalwarts of first disrupting the collation process after all party agents had agreed and signed a document that the disputed results of Gama Ward be cancelled.

“Top associates of Kwankwaso such as Faruq Lawan, Nasiru Garo and Yusuf Dambatta were the ones who earlier arrived at the collation centre, disrupted the collation and tore the earlier agreement reached on Gama Ward. The Electoral Officer too has attested to that.

“After they illegally tore the agreement and other collation documents, our agents then alerted us to come and sort out the issue.

“Immediately after arriving to sort out the issue, dozens of PDP agents who disguised as observers, started beating us like criminals,” he said.

The aide also accused the police of complicity and partisanship, saying the state government has enough proof on how the police in the state were supporting PPD.

But the police on Monday said they arrested the state commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule-Garo and chairman of Nassarawa Local Government, Lamin Sani, for allegedly destroying result sheets at the collation centre.

The police said the deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna, who was also at the scene was rescued.

The trio had allegedly stormed the Nassarawa Collation Centre at 3am on Airport Road in three SUVs and went to the collation centre and tore up the result sheets of Nassarawa Local Government.