Kwankwaso try­ing to ma­nip­u­late Kano LG elec­tions - Sheka­rau

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ismail Mu­dashir, Kano

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.

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