Rose Ejembi, Makurdi, with agency report
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State has rejected the presidential results for the state, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The party’s agent at the Collation Centre, Alhaji Rabiu Sulaiman-Bichi, who is also the state’s PDP Chairman, alleged the figures were inflated.
“We cannot accept such inflated figures and that is our stand. So, we will go back and analyse the issue to know the next line of action to take. As you can see, the presiding officers complained of lack of use of card readers during voting in the state, coupled with over-voting.
“We shall look at the circumstances and provisions of the law and see what the law says so as to pursue our rights,” he said.
The PDP Chairman, however, signed and collected a copy of the result sheet.
Meanwhile, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso has asked the people to accept the results of the elections in good faith.
He spoke in Hausa, yesterday, to placate the people over the loss.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the three senatorial seats and many seats in the House of Representatives.
In the result announced for Kano, President Muhammadu Buhari and candidate of the APC polled 1,464,768 of the votes, while Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of the PDP polled 391,573.
Meanwhile, after a long wait, INEC announced the result for Benue North West senatorial district, with Orker Yisa Jev of the PDP emerging as winner.
According to the result announced by the Returning Officer, Prof. Nicodemus Ochani, Jev polled 157,726 votes to beat the incumbent and former Benue governor, Senator George Akume of the APC, who polled 115,422 votes.
The result showed that Jev floored Akume, leader of the APC in the state, with 42,304 votes.
Ochani apologised to the people of the state over the delay in announcing the results, saying they needed to put figures straight.
Meanwhile, there was wild jubilation in Benue, especially Makurdi metropolis, following the declaration of Jev as senator-elect.
In a chat with newsmen shortly after the announcement, an elated Governor Samuel Ortom said the result was confirmation of his earlier promise to retire Akume from politics.
Ortom stated further that Akume lost because he was trying to play God by sharing the glory of God with Him.
“Anyone who tries to share God’s glory is bound to end in doom because God can’t share His glory with anyone.”
Ortom noted that the governorship elections will also go in the same way and added that the tenure of governors in the state is eight years.
He assured that he will complete his eight years, too.