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The Smartest “Riggers” Win Supplementary Polls

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Nigeria News takes a look at the supplementary polls and the tricks behind it.

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s procedure has created the best opportunity for the smartest manipulator to win supplementary polls as we have seen in Osun State and recently Kano and Sokoto States.

The case of Osun where the jubilation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was cut short for a supplementary poll that eventually gave birth to the election of Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was addressed by the Tribunal last Friday.

The Tribunalupturned the APC victory, declaring Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as the authenticwinner of the governorship election. APC and by extension has since appeal thetribunal judgment.

Away from Osun, the recent supplementary polls in six States of the federation on Saturday showed that the smartest “riggers” eventually won the election against the will of the electorate.

GovernorAminu Tambuwal won in Sokoto against all odds with a little above 300 votes.The PDP governor perfected his own rigging strategy to outclass the AllProgressives Congress candidate Senator Aliyu Wamako.

Tambuwal, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives used the power of incumbency to win the election that was adjudged the closest contest in the State. Before then, the ruling APC Federal Government had closed the country’s border in Sokoto.

The APC tightened every avenue that Tambuwal might want to use to win the poll but despite all this, the governor beat it all.

In Benue, Samuel Ortom showed why he was the governor for four years. He outsmarted the rampant APC to win his second term while Simon Lalong was re-elected in Plateau on the platform of the APC.

APC rejected the results of Benue and headed to the tribunal. Wamako congratulated Tambuwal and there is also peace in Plateau.

But in Kano,a few number of people have died because many were not happy with the outcomeof the election, which is in favour of the incumbent Governor, AbdullahiGanduje.

Prior to the supplementary polls, PDP candidate, Abba Yusuf was leading. He was overtaken by Ganduje after the supplementary with a margin of about 9, 000 votes.

The PDP had since rejected the results as it described it as a mere allocation of figures. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan said that the election in Kano was a charade, adding that the party would contest the results at the tribunal.

The Kanopoll was a show of manipulating skills by both parties but the smartest had theupper hand. But the question to ask is why was it so tough for Ganduje to winan election where his party presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buharicomfortably won with landslide margin?

One can easily infer that the majority of those who voted for Buhari never wanted Ganduje. The two leaders have nothing in common. While Buhari is seen as Mr Integrity, Ganduje’s questionable character has created many adversaries for him.

It will be interesting to see Kano’s results before the tribunal.

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