APC sweeps Kano LG poll… PDP kicks
Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of last Saturday's local government council elections in the state.
According to a press statement signed by the Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Sani Lawal, the APC won in all chairmanship seats in the 44 local government councils in the state.
The party also won all the 484 councillorship positions in the state, according to the commission.
Lawal thanked the state government, security agents, the 19 parties that took part in the election and the media for their support, saying the success witnessed during the exercise was a collective one.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by the former governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has described the exercise as the biggest democratic fraud in history, urging right-thinking Nigerians to dissociate themselves from the results of the exercise.
Shekarau, who addressed the media in his home in Kano, implored the national leadership of the APC to immediately disassociate itself from the alleged mockery of democracy that was conducted in Kano under its name, saying the poll was a big disgrace to a party like theirs, which aspired to the leadership of Nigeria.
He vowed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would contest the results of the local government election once the tribunal was established for that purpose and appealed to those responsible for setting up of the tribunal to quickly inaugurate the body.
He alleged that several irregularities marred the exercise, noting that KANSIEC breached the electoral laws severally.
The alleged irregularities, he stated, included the absence of voting materials in most places, the non-conduct of any form of elections in several quarters, non-display of voters' register and the list of candidates before the election and the deployment of local government education secretaries and APC card-carrying members as electoral officials.