….as Progressive Governorship Candidates congratulate El-Rufai
Governorship Candidates in Kaduna state under the auspices of Progressive Governorship Candidates Forum have congratulated Governor Nasir El-Rufai over his victory in the Saturday governorship election.
But, Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), an umbrella of 41 political parties and 18 governorship candidates has rejected the outcome of the gubernatorial election.
The progressive governorship candidate who had few days before the election endorsed El-Rufai said, the Governor’s re-election was an indication that he has delivered good governance to the people of Kaduna state.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the declaration of the governorship results at the INEC collation centre, chairman of the progressive candidate forum, Awwal Abdullahi, however asked other candidates to concede defeat and work with El-Rufai to move Kaduna state to the ‘Next Level’.
The forum which consists of 49 political parties and 32 governorship candidates therefore asked aggrieved political parties or candidates to follow the right channels in challenging the outcome of the polls.
But, CUPP, Chairman Hon. Umar Farouk Mairaqumi at their own press conference said their rejection of the elections results was because elections in some local government areas were marred with lot of irregularities.
According to him, “the Smart Card Readers (SCR) was not used in some parts of the state namely: Igabi, Kaduna South, Kaduna North. Giwa, Lere, Birnin Gwari and Soba local government areas respectively.
“Over 650 polling units with over 400,000 votes were cancelled and our agents reported at various collation centres but INEC decided to ignore our complains and went ahead to announce the results.
“It is in the light of the above that we the 37 political parties and 18 governorship candidates that participated in the gubernatorial election in Kaduna State hereby reject the result in its totality and we shall pursue all lawful means to ensure justice is done to the people of Kaduna State and their stolen mandate restored,” Mairaqumi explained.