The leadership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Kano, on Friday, submitted a letter of complaint to the Kano leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), protesting the inclusion of polling units allegedly marred by violence, as part of places the supplementary election would hold.
The state Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Umar Doguwa stormed the state INEC headquarters, Friday afternoon with his entourage, armed with a letter of complaint, which they submitted to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor Abdu Zango.
The NNPP Chairman, argued that it was in breach of the electoral act to hold re-run elections in polling units, where violence were recorded.
He noted that the party outlined a number of such polling units, which INEC included, as part of where the supplementary election will hold today (Saturday) and urged the electoral umpire to correct the anomalies.
He told newsmen at the INEC headquarters that: “We feel that INEC has included, so many polling units, where elections were cancelled, due to violence for re-run to take place.
” Our expectation is for INEC to comply, with the Rule of Law and follow the guidelines of the electoral act.”
In addition, the Kano State NNPP Chairman criticized INEC’s decision to hold supplementary election in Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency, where there was alleged killings and burning of houses during the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, insisting that the people of the area are still in mourning mood.
“We are saying that right now, the people of Tudun Wada are in mourning mood. For you to resolve to hold election there demonstrates lack of remorse for the feelings of the people.
“We feel that the election in Tudun Wada should be shifted to a later date.
However, he expressed optimism that NNPP will emerge victorious in the supplementary elections, stressing that the party is fully prepared for the exercise.
It should be recalled that the supplementary elections for Federal House of Representatives were scheduled to hold in Fagge Federal Constituency and Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency.
Moreso, the state House of Assembly supplementary elections will hold in 14 state House of Assembly seats, which include Ajingi, Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, Gwarzo, Gezawa, Makoda, Takai, Ungogo, Warawa, Gabasawa, Tudun Wada, Gaya, Wudil and Garko.