Uneasy calm in Kaduna as INEC declares APC’s el-Rufai winner.
· PDP’s Kudan rejects the result, vows to challenge the outcome in court
There was peace in Kaduna metropolis, as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, declared Governor Nasir el-Rufai winner of the governorship elections.
But it was more of graveyard peace.
El-Rufai, according to INEC, scored 1,045,427 votes to defeat his closest rival, Isa Kudan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 814,168.
Besides, as the returning officer, Professor Mohammed Yahuza, declared the last lap of the results, the Kaduna metropolis practically froze. Several shops and offices were under lock and key, vehicles deserted the highways, while a few pedestrians were seen on the streets.
But the leader of domestic observers, Alhaji Mohammed Ali, during a press briefing at the INEC secretariat in Kaduna, commended the conduct of the polls, urging those who disagree with the outcome to go to court for justice, instead of inciting violence.
However, another domestic observer, Prof. Balanki Sambo, said: “I foresee danger in the future as the votes of the people did not count as expected.
“From what I saw, particularly on the field during this governorship, INEC brought materials early enough to most polling units. But, instructively, you could see that there was voter apathy.
“They said that their votes do not count again and that the outcome was already known; hence they did not bother to come out to vote.”
Meanwhile, Kudan has rejected the outcome of the election, vowing to challenge the “concocted results” at the election tribunal to get back his mandate.
He claimed to have substantial evidence of rigging in Kaduna Central and Kaduna North.
“I am sure a lot of people in Kaduna State will consider unbelievable the disparity between the number of votes obtained in the presidential elections and the governorship elections.
“How could the people of Kaduna be convinced that the APC could get more votes during the governorship elections than it got in the last presidential elections?” Ashiru asked.