Ashiru Rejects Kaduna Guber Polls,Heads For Court
Hon.Isa Ashiru Kudan, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party,(PDP) in Kaduna State yesterday rejected the result released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring Governor Nasir El Rufai the winner of the recently concluded poll.
Ashiru who came second in the race as announced by INEC, said
he had credible evidences to prove the pronounced results were manipulated and he would seek legal means to reclaim his mandate.
He made this known while speaking to pressmen in his Kaduna residence on Monday evening.
According to him, “I wish to state without any fear of contradiction that reports obtained by our party from across the state indicates that the elections were marred by a lot of irregularities.
“It is on the basis of these established irregularities that our party in a petition to the State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, rejected the results and called for its outright cancellation.
“Our dear members of the Media, it is important for you to note that available reports have shown that Smart Card Readers were not used during the elections in a lot of polling units in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna North, Igabi, Zaria, Lere and Ikara Local Government Areas.
“It is our firm believe that the non-usage of the Card Readers which is a violation of the electoral guidelines have rendered the results from these areas invalid and should have been cancelled.
“Another issue of concern to our party was the clear militarization of the electoral process in various part of the State,as military personnel were used to intimidate voters particularly in the areas where our party has an overwhelming strength and support. Of a particular example is the use of military in Birnin Gwari and Kauru local government areas. Soldiers were also used to alter the result of our House of Assembly Candidate to in Makera Constituency of Kaduna South local government area.
“I am sure a lot of People in Kaduna State will consider it unbelievable the disparity between the numbers of votes obtained in the Presidential elections and the Governorship elections. How could the people of Kaduna State be convinced the APC could get more votes during the governorship elections than it got in the last Presidential elections?
“Based on this and other irregularities, I hereby stand by the position of my party to challenge the concocted results at the election tribunal to get back our stolen mandate.
“On this note, I therefore call on our supporters and citizens of Kaduna State to remain calm and be law abiding”.