Kano: Why change is constant
Michael kalawa|March. 13, 2019
By Abdulmumin Murtala Kano
The declaration of the Kano State governorship election as inconclusive has again brought to fore the unpredictable nature of Kano’s politics. Until Governor Ibrahim Shekarau in 2007, the state had the uncanny record of not returning a governor for a second term.
Against the claim by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje that he would deliver five million votes to the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, his failure to deliver one million votes for himself has brought to light the challenges against the governor.
Kano gave President Buhari, 1,464,768 votes in the presidential election against the 391,593 delivered to his main contender, Atiku Abiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Atiku’s votes amounted to about 20% of the total votes.
So, a repeat of the trend was expected last weekend.
The PDP governorship candidate in the state Abba Kabir Yusuf despite the challenges against the incumbent was also faced with his own challenges.
Issues were made about him being an in-law of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the undisputed leader of the party following the exit of Mallam Shekarau.
There were also issues on the conduct of the gubernatorial primaries which contributed to the PDP breaking into factions. There were also issues relating to drawing the line between the party and the Kwankwasiyya members that joined along with Kwankwaso.
The challenges against Ganduje were, however, multifarious and scathing. They ranged from the alleged involvement of his family, especially his wife, in the administration of the state.
He is also accused of excessively taxing the citizens and stopping the free education programme introduced by the Kwankwanso regime.
However, the matter relating to his personal integrity was a overwhelming factor that touched on many political sensibilities. It especially became a factor after the circulation of video clips showing the governor allegedly receiving bribes from contractors.
For whatever factor, women who came out to vote were reported to have overwhelmingly voted for the PDP candidate.
He received massive votes from the nine local governments within the Kano Municipality which raised his chances and made up for the votes lost to PDP in local governments outside the municipality.
Abba is ahead of the incumbent Ganduje of the ruling APC after 43 of the 44 Local Government Areas’ results have been collated.
However the result as at the time of this write-up indicates that the PDP scored 951,531 votes while the APC has 935,451 votes in the 43 LGs.
With only one local government left, the PDP is comfortably leading with a margin of 16,080 votes.
The APC is leading in the the number of local governments while the PDP is leading in the figures. The PDP is in the lead because result margins at APC winning points were slim while they were wide in PDP’s winning points.
Undoubtedly, the people of Kano had been celebrating even before the announcement of the winner by INEC and many are hopeful for a change, but with the decision of the election management body to conduct a supplementary election, the view is that all options are open.
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