Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has described those doubting the elections results from his state as unserious.
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 1,464,768 to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar, who polled 391,593.
Seventeen local government areas were affected by election cancellation. There were no incidence of violence in the state.
Ganduje who was in the Presidential to congratulate Buhari on his re-election, when asked to react to those questioning the figures coming from Kano said, “first of all they are not serious people, they are people who are anti-democracy. If you have see how the election were conducted I think everybody will agree that INEC tried very well. Even though there was low turn out of voters because we were expecting to get much more than that, but the election was fair and free.
“Those who say we couldn’t have got that much are ignorant of the politics of Kano.”
Ganduje said the result of the Presidential and the National Assembly has put the APC in the good stead to win the March 9th gubernatorial and house of Assembly elections.
When asked he did not deliver on the five million votes he promised said, “well, I told you is because of the low turn out of voters but I promise You next time…let’s look towards The governorship election.“
On his chances on the coming guber election, Ganduje, “My chances are very high and you can see the beginning of it with the presidential elections. We gave Mr. President the highest number votes, all the three senators are back, 24 House of Representatives members out of 24 have succeeded. What else are you expecting? That is the foundation. Another thing is that Mr. President has done a lot of work in Nigeria and in Kano and as a government we have done a lot in Kano State. If there was negative reaction we would have seen it from the presidential election. That is why I say we are heading for a huge success in Kano both in the gubernatorial and state house of Assembly elections.”
On why he was in the Presidential Villa, the Kano governor said, “First of all we have to thank almighty God. I am here to expressed my happiness and congratulate Mr. President personally and to also thank all Nigerians for voting Mr. President for the second term, for voting the most honest person because he laid the foundation for the development of a new Nigeria, and a man who loves Nigeria more than himself, a man who believes in free and fair elections.
“We are forging ahead in terms of getting the right thing done in Nigeria. So, I’m here to congratulate him personally before we come as a group from Kano to congratulate him.”