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Kano scholars reject supplementary election, says on March 9 election we stand

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Kano Scholars Assembly, KSA, has rejected the outcome of the just-concluded governorship supplementary elections in the state, describing it as a democratic robbery.

In a statement signed the President of the assembly, Dr. Yusuf Kofarmata, lamented that the electoral process which supposed to be free, fair and peaceful was instead marred with irregularities.

Mr Kofarmata, therefore, called on the federal government and all institutions concerned to reverse this broad day robbery by reinstating peoples’ stolen mandate back to the real winner of the 9th March election.

The group alleged that there were massive votes buying by the APC political mercenaries during the rerun election, adding that there was widespread violence by the ruling party, including intimidation and harassment of potential voters and PDP agents.

“In fact, some of the PDP supporters were killed, and many sustained severe physical injuries and psychological trauma,” the group noted.

The group also noted that there was an invasion of all affected polling units by hired political thugs “brought by APC and Ganduje-led government who disenfranchised potential voters which has been witnessed by domestic and international observers.”

“The harassment by the APC thugs incapacitated most of the INEC ad-hoc staff in such a way that some of the Presiding Officers were missing and yet some votes were fabricated from those polling units and accepted.

“This political harassment was not only limited to electorates and PDP agents, but also to accredited observers and media houses,” Mr Kofarmata noted.

According to the assembly, other irregularities noted include abuse of smart card reader, a total seizure of the electorates franchise; and a compromise of INEC officials and some security agents including the sheriff in town.

“As good citizen of Kano State, we found it necessary to stand against the charade conducted in Kano in the name of election which is not in congruent with the wish of majority people in Kano.

“We are, therefore, appealing to Federal Government and all institutions concerned to reverse this broad day robbery by reinstating peoples’ stolen mandate back to the real winner of the 9th March election.

“This is necessary in order to safeguard the democracy and electioneering processes in our dear country,” Mr Kofarmata stressed.

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