The All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter in Kebbi State has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to oust Professor Yusuf Sa’idu as the collation/returning officer for the state’s governorship election.
Speaking to reporters in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday, Kabiru Sani-Giant, the head of the APC Kebbi State Publicity Committee for the governorship race, claimed the call was a result of his affiliation with a political party.
Sani-Giant stated, “As a matter of urgency, we call on the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, to depose Professor Yusuf Saidu as the collation/returning officer for the Kebbi State governor election as a result of his sentiment and bias in carrying out his official responsibility in the previous gubernatorial election.
“The APC in the state is uncomfortable with the collation officer due to his cooperation with other political parties, therefore this would bring order to the rerun of the governor’s election.”
According to Sani-Giant, Dr. Nasir Idris, the APC’s nominee for governor, already comfortably won the March 18 poll.
Idris was meant to be named the election’s victor, but “the returning officer went ahead and ruled it inconclusive,” he claimed.
“I, therefore, ask INEC to proclaim our candidate the election’s winner as soon as possible so that the people of Kebbi State can have peace of mind and carry on with their regular lives,” he said.
Because to cancellations that affected multiple Registration Areas (RAs) in various voting units, 20 of Kebbi State’s 21 Local Government Areas were deemed inconclusive, according to INEC.
He claims that 91,829 PVCs were totaled when INEC added up all of the PVCs that had been gathered in certain voting places.
APC and PDP, the two most popular political parties, received 388,258 and 342,980 votes, respectively. The difference is 45,278, which is less than the 91,829 PVCs that were recovered in the impacted locations.