Abdullahi Ganduje, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have both expressed confidence that their parties would win the supplementary election and emerge as the overall winner of the Kano State governorship election.
Bello Shehu, the Returning Officer for the Kano State governorship election, had on Sunday declared the poll inconclusive.
He cited the difference between the margin of cancelled votes being higher than that of the margin of lead between the two leading candidates as the reason for declaring the election inconclusive.
According to Shehu, PDP’s Abba Yusuf polled a total of 1,014,353 votes, while APC’s Ganduje, the incumbent governor, secured 953,522 votes.
However, the margin of lead between both candidates is 26,655 votes, while the number of cancelled votes stands at 100,873.
Despite trailing, Ganduje has boasted that the PDP will receive “the shock of its lives” when the supplementary election holds on March 23 in Kano and five other states.
In a statement by Muhammad Garba, Kano Commissioner of Information, on Tuesday, the governor said APC have re-strategised to ensure it wins the areas where the elections will be conducted, which it considers as its “stronghold.”
‘’APC as a party has also re-strategized and very confident of victory because the local government areas where the rerun will take place remain the APC stronghold and the electorate in these areas have made up their mind to vote massively for the Governor they trust.
‘’The modest achievements recorded so far by the Ganduje Administration have touched the lives of the people in all sectors of development and also remain determined to continue if returned,” the statement read.
Similarly, in a statement by his spokesman, Sanusi Dawakin-Tofa, PDP’s Yusuf said his supporters “should not forget that PDP is already leading” and coasting home to victory.
He, however, accused the APC of discrediting the electoral process and trying to manipulate the election in their favour.
The PDP candidate called on his supporters in the state to remain calm as the re-run polls would be conducted “in the strongest areas of our party.”
The statement read:“Kano people have seen glaringly, how the enemies of democracy who are high ranking officials of the state Government, including serving Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna, Commissioner Murtala Garo and Nassarawa Local Government Chairman Lamin Sani Kawaji vandalized an election collation centre with a sole aim of truncating the declaration process to deny PDP’s victory.
“It is our prayer that all election offenders would be charged to courts at the earliest best time to serve as a deterrence for all anti-democracy. We call on all supporters to remain calm, we are known to be peace lovers and so we shall remain, as we are very sure of victory during the rerun.
“Our supporters should not forget that PDP is already leading in the last count of the election and interestingly, the bye-election would take place in the strongest areas of our party.”