NNPP raises alarm over alleged plans by APC to manipulate supplementary election in Kano
New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP has raised alarm over alleged plans by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig and manipulate the supplementary election of Fagge federal constituency, noting that they would not accept any attempt to disrupt the poll.
SOLACEBASE reports that INEC declared Fagge House of Representative election inconclusive due to over voting and disruption of election in fifteen poling units across the local government area.
Addressing newsmen, Saturday evening, the Chairman of the NNPP, in Kano state, Hon. Umar Haruna Doguwa said they have received reports that the Kano state government is planning to disrupt and manipulate the results, despite occupying third position in the National Assembly elections held on February 25th, 2023..
‘’Before the cancellation of the results, NNPP candidate is leading with a margin of five thousand six hundred and fifty-eight votes, followed by LP, then APC, but the ruling party, APC is trying to use some INEC Ad-hoc staff and security personnel to upset the election so that their candidate would be declared winner, ‘’NNP Chairman said.
‘’You are all aware that election was held on February 25, 2023 to elect House of Representative Member for Fagge Federal Constituency of Kano State where the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) candidate Barr. Muhammad Bello Shehu Fagge, recorded 18, 415 votes which was the highest among the leading parties; Labour Party (LP)-12,729, All Progressive Congress (APC)-8,394 and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 6,546 as announced by the Collation Officer, Prof. Shehu Usman Yahya of Bayero University, Kano.’’
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‘’Results from fifteen (15) polling units were canceled by INEC due to over-voting and disruption of the process. These include: Army Day Primary School II-004, Gobirawa Primary School II-018, Jaba II-020, Kofar Dan Rimi I-023, Kofar Maiungwa-025, Kurna Gabas I-026, Kurna Gabas V–30, Mami Market IV-040, Mami Market II-042 Sabontiti D/Rimi-047, Sakwaya-048, Hajaratu Islamiyya-080, Kwanar Dan Rimi I-011, Kwanar Dan Rimi III-013, Asibitin Aminu-031.’’
‘’The total number of collected PVCs for the affected 15 polling units is 9,901. The margin between the NNPP and LP is 5,686 which shows that the total number of the collected PVCs is higher than the margin between the NNPP and LP, indicating that supplementary election is required to determine the winner.’’
Doguwa added that, “Kano state NNPP has noticed some attempts have been made by unscrupulous elements with some INEC officials to manipulate the collated results, and they also noticed some improper conduct from INEC Ad-hoc staff.”
NNPP reiterates that they would not accept any addition either in polling units number or continued cancellation of polling units.
The party called on President Muhammadu Buhari, security agencies, election observers , CSOs and the public to watch out for INEC in the upcoming Fagge federal constituency supplementary election.
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