Kano Council Polls: All Progressive Congress Party win all seats

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has won all the chairmanship and councillorship seats in Saturday’s council polls in Kano state.
This is contained in a statement signed by Chairman of Kano State Independent Electoral Commission, KANSIEC, Sani Malumfashi, on Sunday in Kano.

“The election has been largely successful and peaceful and APC won all the 44 local government chairmanship and the 484 councillorship posts in the state as officially declared by returning officers at the various levels,” the statement said.

Nineteen parties contested the election although only the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party contested all positions.

The PDP has rejected the outcome of the election.

Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor and chieftain of PDP in the state, announced the rejection on Sunday while addressing newsmen in Kano.

Mr. Shekarau said the state electoral body failed to conduct a free and fair poll.

He said his party had evidence of electoral malpractices during the exercise.

He said the PDP would go to the court to defend the principles of democracy as enshrined in the constitution.

Mr. Shekarau, however, urged residents and party loyalists not to engage in any act that may breach the peace, adding that “the constitution will be used to correct all the flaws “.

The state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, said the election was peaceful. He spoke after casting his vote.
Mr. Kwankwaso said all the reports he received showed that the election has been very peaceful.

“We have few cases that are not the best in some of the wards, but I believe on the whole we can congratulate ourselves,” Mr. Kwankwaso said.

“We are very happy that the election is taking place. The last time we had Local Government Election in Kano was in 2007, seven years now, we are conducting another, and I believe this will enhance and strengthening our democracy,” he said.

However a resident of Kano in Kumbotso Local Government, Awwal Challawa, told PREMIUM TIMES on telephone that there were skirmishes between the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the opposition peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He said shortly before the commencement of the election in the village of Kwanar Dangora in Bebeji local government, the supporters of the two parties engaged in a free for all. With some of them wielding dangerous weapons.

“This forced the security personnel to fire some shorts in the air, in the process four persons were caught, one of whom was a pregnant woman,” Mr. Challawa said.

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