Kano State Government last Saturday conducted local government elections, which were won by the All Progressives Congress. But the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Senator Mas’ud Doguwa, in this interview with TED ODOGWU, describes the exercise as a fraud
What is your reaction to the just concluded local government elections in the state?
Was there any local government election in Kano? Those you saw in the queues during the drama called elections were ‘area boys’ or political thugs. There was no election in Kano. You went round and you saw the kind of people in the queues.
Some said underage voters participated in the polls. Did you see them?
Many underage voters participated actively during the election and I am convinced that they got their voter card as a result of active connivance between the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Kano State Electoral Commission and the APC in the state. Somebody (voting) cannot queue up in a place without a voter card. So, we assumed there was connivance between INEC and the state electoral commission. And that is why they conducted what I described as a mere political drama and called it an election. I call it drama because the PDP, the strongest opposition party in the state, did not participate. I am afraid that a similar scenario will play out in the 2019 general elections.
Why did the PDP refuse to participate in the LG polls?
You cannot talk of an election when we are in court. We went to court which belongs to the state government. The court delivered judgment, which was against us, and we proceeded to the Court of Appeal. You cannot tell me that the PDP participated. We are contesting the judgment in the Appeal Court and I think we would continue to do that until we achieve justice. So, if by tomorrow, the Appeal Court rules in favour of the PDP in what I described as a mere drama, which they called an election, then it would be null and void.