Violence Hit Kano Following Declaration Of Ganduje As Winner Of Governorship Election

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Violence has erupted in the ancient city of Kano, following the declaration of winner in the supplementary governorship election held on Saturday in the state.

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), had on Sunday night announced the incumbent governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as of the governorship election in Kano State, thereby returning him for a second term in office.

However, violence broke out in the state Sunday night, as aggrieved people turned out in large numbers and were desperate to force their way into the state INEC office, but for the timely intervention of the police fired teargas to disperse the crowd of people, who had also positioned themselves in places around some the state INEC office.

The situation became worsened when Professor Bello Balla Shehu, the returning official for the collation of governorship rerun election, declared the governorship candidate the APC, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as the winner of governorship election.

Declaring the winner of the election, the governorship election Collation Officer in Kano, Prof. Bello Shehu, said that the APC candidate garnered 1,033,695, while that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abba Kabir scored 1,024,713 votes.

He said that the APC candidate defeated the PDP candidate with 8,982 votes margin and therefore declared Ganduje the winner having satisfied requirements of the law by scoring the highest number of votes.

According to Shehu, the winner was declared after the collation of result from all the affected 28 local government areas where the supplementary elections was conducted on Saturday March 23.

He said Ganduje polled a total of 45,876 while Kabir of the PDP got 10,239 votes during the last Saturday’s supplementary elections in 28 local government areas of the state.

The teargas fired by the Police to prevent irate youths from gaining entrance into state INEC office made even the journalists, election observers and others to run helter sketter for dear lives.

However, feelers said the irate youths have taken most of major roads in Kano State, and subjecting resident to palpable fear and tension, as many residents of Ssbongari, an area very closed to INEC office, were forced indoors to avoid been attacked

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