Child voting in Kano poll, mere propaganda – Ganduje
ABUJA – GOVERNOR Abdulahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State yesterday said that the alleged under age voting in the just concluded local government elections in the state was a mere propaganda that doesn’t have any substance. Ganduje The Kano State Governor also said that the problem between him and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso was his resistance against external manipulation. This is as the Bauchi State Governor, Muhammed Abubarkar has said that if the country should practice federalism as enshrined in the nation’s constitution, it has to adopt state police to curb its security challenges. The two governors spoke to State House correspondents on the sideline of the high table dialogue on ethical values and national security organised by presidency at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Fielding question from journalists, Governor Ganduje said that allegation of under age voting in the just concluded election in the state and the images of the kids that had gone viral on social media was not true, adding that the election had been certified as credible, free and fair by national observers. He said, “That was propaganda. You can ask the National observers who went there, they held a press conference, all those pictures were children from school assembly. It is not true, it is part of the propaganda. Let them go back to the state and ask the people did they queue up and vote in the election? “So, we don’t even need to respond to such falsehood. Ask those who are credible and who witnessed the election, I think that is the most important rather than rely on the social media where things are crafted, and take pictures that were prearranged. We don’t rely on that Bauchi governor.” Ganduje who has been having running battle with his predecessor, Senator Kwankwaso claimed that it was the attempt by somebody who had left office to decide what happened in the state was responsible for the face off between the two. In apparent allusion that he is in charge of affairs of the state, he said, “Well, we conducted local government elections precisely on Saturday 10th February and it was very peaceful. Independent observers were there, the result was a 100 per cent APC. “The election is free and fair. So you can see that the insecurity was publicized outside Kano. People believe here that there is insecurity but in Kano, there is peace and stability.
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