Jigawa PDP Rejects Governorship Election “Calls for IGP to investigate Jigawa CP”
By Aliyu Dangida
The Jigawa PDP has rejected the outcome of the just concluded governorship elections which led to the emergence of Mal. Umar Namadi Danmodi as winner.
Addressing press conference of the Jigawa state PDP leaders and stakeholders on the outcome of the 2023 governorship/state assembly elections, former Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Aminu Abdullahi Taura said the
2023 elections is one of the most challenging exercise in the history of Jigawa state, added that for the first time, polls in the State have been dominated by several irregularities ranging from Violence, ballot box destruction, intentional shortage of electoral materials.
Others according to Dr. Aminu Taura includes over voting, intimidation, inaction of security agencies, changing of results and unprecedented vote buying which violate the Electoral Act. These are things that are alien to our political culture.
“Our agents and party faithful have been arrested before, during and after the elections for no reason other than just identifying with the PDP while APC chieftains who openly instigated violence are working freely without questioning.
“We are calling on the Inspector General of Police to call the Jigawa State Police Command to order in this regard and further call for the immediate release of all our supporters immediately”. Dr. Taura pointed out.
The party expressed profound gratitude to the Jigawa State people for having the resilience and patience to vote in the just concluded elections and the supporters for their loyalty and dedication to the PDP throughout this trying period.
His words: We have received reports across all Local Governments of the state which are quite disturbing. It is unfortunate that the once peaceful and prosperous Jigawa State has been turned to an arena of violence and cheating for the desperation and greed for power.
“All these actions are been instigated by people who claim to be leaders that have benefited from free, fair and credible elections in the past”.
Dr. Taura stated that INEC and other relevant authorities could not address many of the party’s concerns before, during and after the elections, noted that these reasons PDP is studying the election outcome critically with all stakeholders to decide on the next line of action.
The party is making wider consultations on the next line of action which is in the best interest of Jigawa State, stressed that if this charade is allowed to go unchallenged, we find ourselves in a situation where elections will become meaningless because some people are too powerful to be contested against.
The party expressed worried with INEC decision to declare State Assembly election results and winners in places where APC won even if fraudulently, but decided to declare elections inconclusive in local governments where PDP had clear victory. This include Dutse, Yankwashi, Birnin kudu and Gwaram constituencies.