Kwankwaso trying to manipulate Kano LG elections - Shekarau
Former governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, yesterday accused the state governor, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, of trying to manipulate the state’s Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming local government elections.
KANSIEC has fixed the state’s local government elections for May 17 this year.
Addressing hundreds of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that stormed his residence on Mundubawa Road in Kano metropolis yesterday, Shekarau accused the electoral body of skewing the electoral processes to favour the governor’s party and itscandidates.
He said the electoral body deliberately refused to issue clearance to all the candidates of the PDP in order to favour APC.
“There are a lot of inconsistencies in the electoral processes. We produced our candidates for the election amicably, but the electoral body refused to issue them with clearance for the purchase of the forms purportedly because the governor’s party, APC, has not completed its primaries,” he said.
He alleged that Governor Kwankwaso issued a draft covering the amount for all the candidates of the APC for the purchase of forms for the forthcoming elections in violation of the electoral rules.
While reiterating the commitment of the PDP to participate in the election, he said no amount of manipulation would make them boycott the elections.
Vice chairman of the PDP caretaker committee in Kano, Alhaji Yahaya Bagobiri said if the electoral body refused to sell the forms their members, they will get it by force.
The governor’s spokesperson, Malam Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, when contacted, referred our correspondent to the chairman of the electoral body.