Ganduje wins Kano, PDP bristles; anger over alleged Benue Professor’s death
The ancient city of Kano is on edge after the declaration of Umar Ganduje as re-elected Governor; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bristles in anger; and from Benue comes confirmation of the sad news of the death of University professor after being shot by alleged political hoodlums is false.
Kano State Returning Officer, Professor Bello Shehu, announced that Ganduje, who was losing after the first ballot on March 9 overtook and scored a total vote of 1,033,695 to defeat the PDP’s Abba Yusuf, who polled 1,024,713.
In Abuja, the PDP churned out a statement making a different claim. Its spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan said:
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its candidate, Abba K. Yusuf, is the rightful winner of the Kano state governorship election, saying any declaration that does not reflect such cannot stand.
“The whole world knows that the PDP and its candidate, Abba Yusuf, won the Kano state governorship election since March 9, 2019, having fulfilled the constitutional requirement of securing the highest number of votes and the statutory 25% in two-third of the state.
“The so-called governorship supplementary election in Kano is a national disgrace and a mere figure allocating exercise by compromised INEC officials, who collaborated with power drunk politicians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to award results to the APC candidate.
“The party therefore cautions INEC against any attempt to import contrived figures from the illegitimate March 23 charade as such will be a clear recipe for anarchy and serious crisis in the state.
“The people of Kano state have a long history of firm resistance against corrupt and oppressive forces. Their will must therefore not be stretched in this election.
“The Kano people have abundantly expressed their rejection of the corrupt and incompetent government of Abdullahi Ganduje and his party, the APC, and no amount of machination can cow or force them to abandon their resolve for a new governor in Abba Yusuf.”
After rumoured confirmation of the alleged death of the female Benue professor’s death over gunshot wounds from alleged political hoodlums On her way from Gboko to Makurdi to deliver election results, anger swept through the land over the needless loss. But she is actually recuperating in hospital.
Nigeria Everday (www.everyday.ng) reproduces below an edited version of a trending commentary: “Yet another innocent victim of the …regime of electoral hooliganism and mindlessness.
Comfort Dooshima is Dead! Like the precocious youth corps members, students, patriotic Nigerians who stepped out of their homes to exercise their civic responsibilities. And some people believe this is normal, drawing parallels between these gruesome realities and better forgotten experiences in our political history.
“The local government collation officer for Gboko Local Government Area, Prof. Comfort Dooshima, who was shot by gunmen Saturday in Makurdi, the Benue State capital is dead.
“She was a professor and lecturer at the University of Agriculture. She was shot on her way to the INEC headquarters, Makurdi, to present results from the local government.
“May her soul rest in peace.”