Kano state National and State House of Assembly election tribunal has commenced sitting on Tuesday over the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP challenging the emergence of Kano state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as senator elect representing Kano Central.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had filed a petition before Kano panel protesting over the emergence of Kano state governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as the senator elect representing Kano Central under the aegis of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in its originating summons had informed the tribunal that the process through which the Kano Central senator elect emerge the standard bearer of the APC contravened the provisions the electoral act 2010 as amended.
The petitioner further alleged that the All Progressive Congress, APC informed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that it would stage a primary election on December 8 2014, stating that the APC failed to conduct the primary election as announced.
The petition further alleged that the number of votes that prompted the announcement of governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as senator-elect was in contrast to the actual number of votes cast, noting that, its senatorial standard bearer, senator Bashir Garba Mohammed secured the highest number of votes at the March 28 senatorial election.
According to the contender, over 60 percent of Kano voters were illiterate, arguing that it is impossible not to have recorded invalid votes, urging the tribunal to declare as invalid the votes scored by Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and proceed to declare Bashir Garba Mohammed as the senator-elect representing Kano Central.
Source: The Punch