The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has called for the immediate redeployment of Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner Abdu Zango, as well as an investigation into the declaration of Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) as the winner of the recent governorship election.
During a peaceful protest at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, Kano APC Chairman Abdullahi Abbas presented a petition urging the removal of Amb Abdu Zango from his post in Kano State.
The INEC had declared Abba Kabir Yusuf the winner of the governorship election on March 18, with Yusuf receiving 1,019,602 votes and APC candidate Nasir Gawuna coming in second with 892,705 votes.
Abbas, represented by the party’s Legal Adviser, Abdul Adamu Fagge, insisted that the election should have been declared inconclusive. He argued that the REC’s actions during the election demonstrated partisanship, favoritism, and rigging.
“The REC manifestly affirmed the allegations of partisanship, favouritism, and rigging against him when on 20th March 2023 he connived with the Returning Officer to declare Abba Kabir Yusuf of the NNPP as the winner of the Governorship election instead of declaring the election inconclusive,” Fagge said.
The APC also claimed that 273,442 voters were disenfranchised due to the cancellation, which is more than twice the margin of 128,897 votes between the NNPP and APC candidates.
According to Abbas, this contradicts Section 24 and 51 of the Electoral Act, 2022, Article 62 of the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Election, 2022, and items 4.2.16, Note 32 at page 84, and item 6 of the table at page 93 of the Manual for Election Officials, 2022.
Abbas emphasized the party’s lack of confidence in the Kano REC, stating, “It is in view of the foregoing that we once again register our loss of confidence in the Kano REC and demand his immediate redeployment in line with the dictates of the law, impartiality, and respect for due process and the rule of law.”