Ben Agande, Kaduna.
The Kaduna State candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Hon. Isa Ashiru, has rejected the results of the just concluded governorship and state houses of assembly elections in Kaduna state, saying the results do not represent the wishes of the people.
Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, Ashiru said, “military personnel were used to intimidate voters, particularly in the areas where our party has an overwhelming strength and support.”
He further alleged that Smart Card Readers were not used during the elections in a lot of polling units in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna North, Igabi, Zaria, Lere and Ikara Local Government Areas.
“I wish to state without any fear of contradiction that reports obtained by our party from across the State indicate that the elections were marred by a lot of irregularities.
“It is on the basis of these established irregularities that our party, in a petition to the State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, rejected the results and called for its outright cancellation.
“Available reports have shown that Smart Card Readers were not used during the elections in a lot of polling units in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna North, Igabi, Zaria, Lere and Ikara Local Government Areas.
“It is our firm believe that the non-usage of the Card Readers which is a violation of the electoral guidelines have rendered the results from these areas invalid and should have been cancelled,” he said.