The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kano State of conspiring with the ruling party to rig the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Baffa Bichi, a spokesman for the NNPP, alleged that the newly posted DSS Director is a long-time ally of the current governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, adding that the director was posted to Kano on the governor’s request.
“We have reliable information that the DSS Director in Kano State is in cahoots with the ruling party to rig the upcoming governorship election,” Bichi stated.
“He is a long-time ally of Governor Ganduje and was posted to Kano on his request. We are calling on the authorities to investigate this matter and take appropriate action to ensure a free and fair election.”
Bichi further stated that the NNPP will embark on a peaceful protest in Kano until the DSS Director is either retired or removed from office. “We will not sit idly by and watch the ruling party rig this election. We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to support our cause and stand with us in this fight for democracy,” he said.
The NNPP’s allegations come as tensions rise ahead of the governorship election in Kano State, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday.
Bichi on behalf of the NNPP, also stated that the DSS Director in Kano State is due for retirement but has been allowed to continue in service for the purpose of rigging the upcoming governorship election.
“We have information that the DSS Director in Kano State is due for retirement, but has been allowed to continue in service for the sole purpose of rigging the forthcoming governorship election,” Baffa stated.
He further alleged that the DSS Director has been involved in several acts of electoral malpractice in the past and is now working with the ruling party to manipulate the outcome of the election.
“We have evidence that the DSS Director has been involved in several acts of electoral malpractice in the past, and we believe that he is now working with the ruling party to manipulate the outcome of the election. This is unacceptable, and we will not stand for it,” Baffa added.