A forum of INEC-Accredited Observer Groups has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to review the Kano State Governorship election that took place on March 18, which saw the NNPP’s Abba Kabir Yusuf declared as the winner.
The coalition, led by Comrade Friday Maduka, at a press conference in Kano on Thursday, listed numerous irregularities and violations of electoral laws and INEC guidelines that occurred during the election, including ballot box snatching, destruction of ballot papers, voter intimidation, suppression, violence, and vote-buying.
Maduka urged INEC to review the election and retract its position, calling for a supplementary election to be held in affected areas with over 270,000 cancelled votes.
The coalition claimed that INEC acted against its own rules by declaring a winner while collation was ongoing and that the margin of lead was less than the number of cancelled votes.
They criticized the hasty declaration of a winner, stating that it was unfair to all political parties involved.
The coalition also condemned the post-election violence that occurred in the state, resulting in loss of life and property.
They also urged the security agencies to investigate the incident and apprehend the perpetrators.
The group called for a review of the election for the peace and progress of the state and Nigeria in general.