The phantasmagoria called rerun election in Kano state will go down into the threshold of history as one of the shambolic charade bereft of human taste. Posterity would undoubtedly want to know how a whole system backed by the constitution would be reduced to a mere run-of-the-mill exercise without recourse to decorum, devoid of human equanimity and reason. I mean, if constitutional decorum could be thrown to the dogs, what happens to the fear of God and posterity’s judgment? What Ganduje did to the people of Kano is a complete lack of empathy and a sheer show of ineptitude. This singular act has made him a desperate and deluded political rebel.
As acerbic as it could have sounded to some, the people of Kano have spoken and have chosen their leader, but the powers-that-be wanted otherwise. This is a tyranny at its highest form. As far as I am concerned, after meticulous analysis of his governance, Ganduje has nothing to offer to the people of Kano in his second term. Economic activities which Kano people are known for has began to take a back-burner in this administration. Ganduje administration had been unpopular, not to talk of the bribe-taking videos of the governor which has exposed the kleptomania in him. The administration has no appeal and scarcely enjoys any goodwill from any critically minded citizen of the state.
The distress, unrest, loss of lives and properties that visited the state during the democratic miscarriage called election has left the all-encompassing people of the state in anguish. If Ganduje is one of those who often retrace their steps, at the realization that we mortals are nothing but shadows and dust, he would have advised himself against the show-of-shame that happened on March 23. Putting myself in Ganduje’s shoes, perhaps it’s better to die alone than to lead several lives into eternal conundrum. If I could in anyway be assured of the former, there is no how I would cheerfully accept the latter.
Come May 29, Kano will have turned red in celebration of hard-earned victory, except for the tyrant who initiated machinations to impose himself on the people. We detest him and his inability to govern Kano State. It is, however, not yet Uhuru for the governor as there are several clogs in the wheel of progression of his stolen mandate. The disappointing thing for Ganduje is that the fictitious victory of the hungry buzzard was characterized by so many illegalities. From the invasion of polling booths by thugs who were armed to the teeth, to the compromise on the side of the security agencies and the electoral umpire itself. It is worthy of note that all their shenanigans were recorded on cameras and have gone viral on a plethora of social media platforms. However, the desperadoes did all they did without recourse to the section 129 (4) of the Electoral Act which states that, “Any person who snatches or destroys any election material, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to 24 months imprisonment.”
If Ganduje should win his case in the Tribunal, then Kano should be ready for four more years of barbaric rule and lawlessness. But if he is eventually drowned in his pool of deception and loses his case to the PDP candidate, then his life will become riddled with so many uncertainties and his career would become checkmate. However, it’s only the tribunal that would decide who truly is the winner between the people’s choice and the self imposed governor. Much to my chagrin, the governor was recently quoted as apportioning the rigging blame to the opposition party, saying: “Before the re-run election, which we emerged victorious, the PDP was deep-neck in ballot box stuffing and other electoral offences, a ploy that was later uncovered.”
On the contrary, it is already a public knowledge that it was the top government officials that were caught plotting all the ballot snatching and stuffing, inducing violence, electoral destruction and over voting. His striker and defender got arrested in the middle of the match alongside his midfielders, while the referee who was a professor watched as the game changed the course of our hard-earned democracy in the country.
In conclusion, I want to task the tribunal to be upright and deliver their judgment without fear or favour. I believe all eyes are on the tribunal, which is being resorted to as the last hope of the people of Kano state. To this end, subversion of judgment would amount to subjection of the people in the state to endless morass capable of de-marketing the already growing democracy of ours. We all know that Kano people are peaceful, down to earth and liberal. Any attempt, therefore, to disrupt this equilibrium would be rejected by all and sundry.
Rayyan Alhassan wrote from Abuja and can be reached via: firstname.lastname@example.org