I will recover my mandate through court, says Kaduna PDP guber candidate
• Cautions supporters against lawlessness
• State govt warns against alleged plan to cause public disturbance, mayhem
• PDP women protest, ask INEC to review election result
• Jigawa PDP reject guber election result, heads to tribunal
Dissatisfied by the outcome of last Saturday’s governorship election in Kaduna State, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Isah Ashiru, has vowed to recover his mandate in court. He, therefore, expressed confidence in the judiciary during the recovery process.
He said he would not leave any stone unturned to achieving this, noting that the people’s mandate is sacrosanct.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had, on Monday, declared the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Uba Sani, winner of the governorship election in the state.
However, INEC declaration had since sparked off protest from Ashiru’s supporters, just as PDP described the election results as “daylight robbery.”
MEANWHILE, warning against acts of public disturbance as a result of the just concluded governorship election, the Kaduna State government said some politicians are allegedly plotting to cause mayhem in the state.
The state government, therefore, urged the unnamed politicians to desist from such plan, which could disrupt public peace and lead to crisis.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the state government has credible intelligence reports of plans by some politicians to sponsor and instigate their followers towards unruly public actions, saying: “These include storming the streets in a manner, which could lead to breakdown of law and order in the state.
“In view of these reports, the state government continues to monitor the situation closely, in collaboration with security agencies.”
NEVERTHELESS, the women’s wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Kaduna State, staged a peaceful protest to Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, yesterday, to expressed displeasure over the governorship election result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Recall that INEC had declared Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the just concluded governorship election.
The women displayed various placards some of which read: “A stolen Mandate is not acceptable,” “give us who we voted for,” “no to election rigging,” “Kaduna State has spoken,” “Kaduna people elected, INEC selected,” “no to result manipulation.”
ALSO, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Jigawa State, has rejected the just concluded governorship elections result, which led to the emergence of Umar Namadi Danmodi as winner.
The party expressed worry that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared state Assembly election results and winners in places where the All Progressives Congress (APC) won, fraudulently, but decided to declare elections in councils where PDP had clear victory inconclusive.
These include: Dutse, Yankwashi, Birnin Kudu and Gwaram constituencies.
Addressing a press briefing by state PDP leaders and stakeholders, former Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Aminu Abdullahi Taura, said the 2023 elections were most challenging in the history of the state, adding that for the first time, polls in the state have been dominated by irregularities, ranging from violence, ballot box destruction and intentional shortage of electoral materials.