Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano State, who is considered as one of the political heavyweights of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Northern Nigeria has asked his supporters and members of his party to accept the outcome of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections and avoid violence.
Kwankwaso’s statement came following the rejection of the results by the leadership of his party in the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had won former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the PDP, with over 1.4million votes.
According to Magaji Garba, the Presidential Collation Officer in Kano, Buhari got 1,464,768 votes, while Atiku got 391,593 votes in Kano State.
But the PDP Chairman in Kano State however rejected the result, saying that the figures were manipulated.
“We cannot accept such inflated figures and that is our stand,” Rabiu Bichi, the PDP agent at the collation centre, said.
“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 the voting exercise of the presidential and National Assembly elections 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 added.
Senator Kwankwaso who also expressed dissatisfaction with the results however begged his followers not to take laws into their hands.
“As expected, some states were won by All Progressive Congress while others went to People Democratic Party. Only God knows the final result,” he said.
“I am appealing to PDP members to remain calm, not take law in their hands as a result of the party’s performance in the presidential and National Assembly elections. What happened in 2011 (post-election violence) is still fresh in our mind, where some youths lost their lives while jubilating over election victory.
“We have also witnessed how thugs set ablaze residences and properties of some politicians in the post-election violence. I am appealing to people to accept the outcome of the election with good faith.
“I hope other political parties will caution their followers against violence for peace to reign supreme in our dear state.”