The Kaduna State Governor-elect, Senator Uba Sani, has said he will challenge some election results where the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won with unimaginable margins.
The governor-elect, who spoke with the Hausa Service of the BBC which was monitored in Kaduna, expressed surprise that the PDP won some local government areas (LGAs) with “bogus figures”.
Sani, who contested under the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he would go to the Elections Petition Tribunal to contest the PDP’s victory in those areas, adding that after the verdict, the margin of victory between him and Isa Ashiru, the PDP candidate, would widen.
It will be recalled that Sani was declared the winner by the Returning Officer for Kaduna State and Vice-Chancellor of the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Prof. Lawal Bilbis, on Monday.
According to the election results, Sani polled a total of 730,002 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ashiru, who polled 719,196 votes, with a difference of 10,806 votes.
The governor-elect who said the elections were marred by irregularities in areas where the PDP won, gave the example of Chikun LGA, where the opposition got over 89,000 votes, describing the figures as unimaginable.
However, as the incoming governor, he promised the people of Kaduna State ‘’to be fair and even-handed to all, including those who didn’t vote for me. I’m glad with the outcome of the election. People came out and voted for me.”
On the allegation that his election was rigged, the governor-elect said such allegations is in the character of the Nigerian politician, adding that “God gives power to whomsoever He wants and when He wants.”
He recalled that in 2011, he lost the Kaduna Central senatorial election and his supporters urged him to go to court but he refused, believing that that was not his time, adding that “as God willed it, I became senator in 2019.”
The governor-elect expressed confidence that he would be victorious at the Elections Petition Tribunal where the opposition promised to challenge his victory, adding that he will also go to court to challenge the PDP’s “bogus victory” in some LGAs.