The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed that the gubernatorial and House of Assembly election held in Jigawa State on Saturday was Nigeria’s worst in recent history.
The PDP candidate, Mustapha Sule Lamido in Jigawa State revealed this in a statement posted in his Facebook page.
According to the statement, “We thank Allah for sparing our lives to witness these elections in good health. I want to thank the people for having the resilience and patience to cast their votes and our supporters for their loyalty and dedication to the PDP throughout this trying period.
“For the first time, polls in Jigawa State have been dominated by violence, ballot box destruction, intimidation, irregularities and unprecedented vote buying which violate the Electoral Act. These are things that are alien to our political culture.
“It is unfortunate that INEC and other relevant authorities could not address many of our concerns before, during and after the elections. For these reasons, we are studying the election outcome critically with all stakeholders to decide on the next line of action. All lovers of the State must join hands to see that we address the current evils for the sake of our future.
“For the meantime, based on preliminary evidence, we have objected to the outcome of the elections entirely, especially the local government areas where INEC declared State Assembly election results inconclusive.
“I want to encourage our supporters and other well-meaning citizens of the state, to remain calm and peaceful. Our vision for a united and prosperous Jigawa State may have been delayed temporarily, but the struggle shall continue until we reach our destination Insha Allah.”
KOKO TV reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Umar Namadi winner of the governorship election garnering 618,449 votes with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mustapha Sule Lamido polling 368,726 votes and Ibrahim Aminu Ringim of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) with 37,156 votes.
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