The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate in the last Saturday governorship election in Kaduna State, Isa Mohammed Ashiru, has described the outcome of the election in the state as a rape of democracy.
He, therefore, affirmed that the election was full of irregularities, stressing that he would challenge the result in the election tribunal.
Briefing newsman in Kaduna on Monday on the outcome of the election, he said, “Based on this and other irregularities, I hereby stand by the position of my party to challenge the concocted results at the election tribunal to get back our stolen mandate.
“I am sure a lot of people in Kaduna State will consider it unbelievable the disparity between the numbers of votes obtained in the Presidential elections and the Governorship elections.
“How could the people of Kaduna State be convinced the APC could get more votes during the governorship elections than it got in the last Presidential elections?
“However, I wish to state without any fear of contradiction that reports obtained by our party from across the State indicate that the elections were marred by a lot of irregularities.
“It is on the basis of these established irregularities that our party in a petition to the State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, rejected the results and called for its outright cancellation.
“Available reports have shown that Smart Card Readers were not used during the elections in a lot of polling units in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna North, Igabi, Zaria, Lere and Ikara Local Government Areas.
“It is our firm believe that the non-usage of the Card Readers which is a violation of the electoral guidelines have rendered the results from these areas invalid and should have been cancelled.
“Another issue of concern to our party was the clear militarization of the electoral process in various part of the State, as military personnel were used to intimidate voters particularly in the areas where our party has an overwhelming strength and support. Of a particular example is the use of military in Birnin Gwari and Kauru local government areas. Soldiers were also used to alter the result of our House of Assembly Candidate to in Makera Constituency of Kaduna South local government area.”
He called on party members and supporters in the state to remain calm assuring that all necessary measures legally to reclaimed the stolen mandate.