Just In: Katsina PDP reacts to Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa bye-election defeat
The Katsina State chapter of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the just concluded Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa bye-election defeat result attributing it to massive vote-buying.
This was made known to Katsina Post by the State Party Chairman, Alhaji Salisu Yusuf Majigiri in a telephone interview.
According to him, “The trend of massive vote-buying by the ruling APC continued in the election just like all the previous bye-elections we participated and that is just the deciding factor.
“It was really terrible. Almost all the APCparty chieftains and government officials were deployed to the constituency to influence the election.” He said.
When asked whether PDP will challenge the election in court, Hon. Majigiri said there is no time because one needs atleast six to eight months for the litigation and it is just few months to the general elections.
He however said that the election taught them a lesson and they are wiser now, stressing that they will deploy machinaries to curtail that in the comming 2019 election.
It could be recalled that Abubakar Yahaya Kusada of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday night polled 48,518 votes to emerge winner of the Kusada/Kankia/Ingawa federal constituency bye-election in Katsina state.
INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Rasheed Adedayo Hamzat said “having satisfied the requirements of the law and received the highest votes cast Abubakar Yahaya Kusada of the APC is hereby return as the winner”.
He defeated three others namely Abdulsamad Abdullahi of the PDP who had 20,193 votes; Basiru Aminu of the PRP who scored 1,810 votes and Abdullahi Umar of YES with 221 votes.