Results out of Kano so far show that the PDP governorship candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf, is leading against the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who is seeking reelection. But Ganduje says he is not worried because the reports he has received are very positive and encouraging. He said he would be declared winner of the poll.
Speaking through the state’s commissioner of information, Malam Muhammad Garba, the governor called on his supporters to be calm while collation is ongoing.
Ganduje also advised people to wait for official announcement from INEC before embarking on celebrations based on falsehoods and wrong assumptions. He urged the people of the state to be law abiding, desist from taking the law into their hands or committing any act capable of breaching peace in the state.
INEC dismisses result by Ganduje’s aide: Even as the governor is advising everyone to wait for official INEC results, one of his aides, Uba Danzainab, was busy doing the exact opposite. Danzainab, a senior special assistant on social media to the governor, on Saturday published fake results on Facebook claiming that the APC had won 13 local government areas in the state. The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Riskuwa Arabu-Shehu, however dismissed the result, saying that collation is still ongoing. He said only INEC is empowered by law to collate, transmit, declare or announce the outcome of the election.
Bottom Line: Kano is one of the most keenly contested state elections this year alongside Oyo, Ogun, Bauchi, Benue, Kaduna and Plateau states. Gov. Ganduje is facing a stiff challenge from the PDP’s Abba Kabir Yusuf, and the early results from the polling units have come as a surprise to Nigerians outside Kano state who were expecting a coronation for the governor considering the huge margin of victory recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC in the presidential elections conducted in the state last month.