Inconclusive Election: Kano Is A Tinderbox, Tamper With And Set Nigeria On Fire- Chief Babatope Warns INEC
March. 14, 2019
Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Nigeria's Minister of Transport, has noted that any attempt by INEC at tampering with Kano state's rerun elections to favour the ruling APC will amount to setting Nigeria on fire.
“Kano is a political tinderbox and if they tamper with it, then they would have murdered peace in Nigeria and that will be very dangerous,” he said.
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had Monday night declared the governorship election held in Kano State inconclusive.
The election was declared inconclusive by the State Returning Officer, Prof B. B. Shehu, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi.
Abba Kabir Yusuf, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate had more votes than the incumbent state governor Dr Abdullahi Ganduje with a slim margin of 26,655 votes. Yusuf polled 1,014,474 votes, while Ganduje got 987,810.
With 2,211,520 accredited voters, 172 polling units were cancelled making a total of 100,873 votes cancelled and 49,761 rejected votes.
According to the INEC’s electoral law, an election officer may not declare a winner in any election when the leading margin between the two leading candidate is less than the total cancelled votes. This is the case in Kano as well as other five states in which elections were declared inconclusive.
INDEPENDENT reported Babatope as saying “I pray that INEC does not rig the rerun elections, especially in Kano state. If they do, they will be endangering the peace, unity and cohesion of Nigeria.
“There are many issues intertwined in the Kano election that requires caution. From all said and done, Nigeria is still our country and definitely, a United Nigeria is good for Nigerians, Africa and the world.