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June 2, 2023

Kaduna guber: I will contest PDP votes in some LGAs at tribunal – Uba Sani

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Governor-elect, Senator Uba Sani, has said that he will challenge some election results where the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) won with unimaginable margins.

Senator Sani said that he will go to the Election Petition Tribunal to contest PDP’s victory in those areas, adding that after the verdict, the margin of victory between him and Alhaji Isa Ashiru, the PDP candidate, will widen.

The Governor-elect who spoke with the Hausa Service of BBC which was monitored in Kaduna, expressed surprise that PDP won some local government areas with bogus figures.

It will be recalled that Senator Sani was declared the winner by the INEC Returning Officer for Kaduna State and Vice-Chancellor of the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Professor Lawal Bilbis on Monday.

According to the election result, Senator Sani polled a total of 730,002 votes to defeat his closest rival, Isa Ashiru of the PDP who polled 719,196 votes, a difference of 10,806 votes.

The Governor-elect who said that the election results were marred by irregularities in areas where PDP won, gave the example of Chikun local government area where the opposition got over 89,000 votes, describing the figures as unimaginable.

Senator Uba Sani however promised the people of Kaduna state ‘’to be fair to all, including those who didn’t vote for me. I’m glad with the outcome of the election. People came out and voted for me. ‘’

On the allegation that his election was rigged, the Governor-elect said that such allegations is in the character of the Nigerian politician, adding that ‘’God gives power to whomsoever He wants and when He wants.’’

He recalled that in 2011, he lost the Kaduna central senatorial election and his supporters urged him to go to court but he refused, believing that that was not his time, adding that ‘’as God willed it, I became senator in 2019.’’

Senator Sani however, expressed confidence that he will be victorious at the Election Petition Tribunal where the opposition promised to challenge his victory, adding that he will also go to court to challenge PDP’s bogus victory in some local government areas.

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