By Abdullahi Yusuf
A coalition of INEC-Accredited Observer Groups has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to review the March 18 Kano State Governorship election which returned Abba Kabir Yusuf of the NNPP as winner.
Comrade Friday Maduka, leader of the coalition, made the call at a crowded press conference held at the NUJ Press Centre,Kano,on Thursday.
Maduka said as an observer of the election,the coalition found the poll to have been marred by too many irregularities and violation of the Electoral Laws and INEC guidelines for the election.
He listed the electoral malpractices to include ballot box snatching, destruction of ballot papers,voter intimidation, suppression, violence and vote buying.
“INEC should as a matter of national urgency,review the outcome of the election and have a retraction of its position and look in the direction of conducting a supplementary election,” Maduka said.
He said the supplementary poll should be held in the affected areas which had over 270,000 cancelled votes,in line with the relevant electoral laws.
He said the electoral Umpire should review the exercise ” for the peace and progress of the state in particular and Nigeria in general.”
According to the coalition,INEC acted against its rules by declaring a winner in the election in the person of Abba Kabir Yusuf of the NNPP, while collation of the result was ongoing.
“Also,the margin of lead which is about 130,000 votes is less than the total number of the cancelled votes of over 270,000. Section 65 of the Electoral Act is very clear on cases like this.
“Therefore, the hasty declaration of a winner in the Kano State Governorship election 2023 cannot be said to be fair to all the political parties involved,” the group said.
It then condemned the post-election violence that befell the state ” after the hasty declaration of a winner by INEC,under the guise of victory celebration, resulting to loss of lives and property.
“We urge the various security agencies in the state to thoroughly Investigate the incident and apprehend the perpetrators to face the full wrath of the law,” the coalition added.