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PDP candidate withdraws from Kano assembly bye-election

By Abba Anwar and Murtala Mohammed, Kano
31 July 2016   |   4:22 am
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Kano State House of Assembly bye-election, Auwalu Ubale, yesterday, withdrew from the race as election was underway. While the state government has faulted his withdrawal...

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Kano State House of Assembly bye-election, Auwalu Ubale, yesterday, withdrew from the race as election was underway.
While the state government has faulted his withdrawal, saying it was not done in accordance with the electoral rules and regulations, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the commission was not aware of the withdrawal.

Ubale whose sudden withdrawal was announced on local radio, alleged that the state government was sponsoring about 200 trucks of thugs to Mingibir to play out its plot of scuttling the election.

According to the PDP candidate, there was an agreement not to allow people outside Minjibir to get into the town for any purpose during election. “But, to our surprise, we woke up and found youths brandishing all kinds of weapons and beating war drums.

“I just have to withdraw because we want to prevent what happened during the last election, where people were maimed and killed. I know I am the people’s choice because I have tremendous support from them, but I had to tell them not to partake in the election any more.”

The state Commissioner for Information, Youths, Sports and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, who said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would go ahead with the contest added, “The withdrawal from the race by the PDP candidate didn’t follow the right procedures. You can’t withdraw from an election when it is ongoing.

INEC’s spokesperson, Garba Lawan, said, “We also heard it (withdrawal) over the radio as you heard it this morning that he has withdrawn from the race. But you should know that there is process for doing that.”

Contrary to Ubale’s claim, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Abba Maigari Dikko who was drafted in to supervise the security said, “The security arrangement is fantastic. We have gone round many places. We were in Kunya, and other places. There is no sign of any breach by anybody.”