The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] who supervised Kano state governorship election, in Nassarawa Local Government, Professor Ibrahim Khaleel has dismissed reports that he cancelled the state governorship election owing to over-voting and violence in Gama ward.
Professor Khaleel stated this when he appeared before the state Election Petition Tribunal under subpoena.
Khaleel said there were no formal reports of cases of violence and over voting during the governorship election held on March 9th in Gama ward.
He said that the only issue known to him is that the INEC Returning Officer assigned to Gama failed to reconcile the results scored by the contestants.
According to him, he gave injunction to the ward Returning Officer twice to reconcile the discrepancies evident in the ward results but that he did not cancel the results in Gama ward.
His words: “I did not receive a formal report about the violence in Gama, I was told; I did receive a report about the cancellation of the results in Gama, I did not cancel the results in Gama ward.”
He also alleged that a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Farouk Lawal and others tried to intimidate him.
He stated: “Hon Farouk Lawan and some others stood on me, which was intimidating, and the collation hall was crowded, some people came from behind me, I did not see their faces to know who they were, then pandemonium broke out.
“I ran out of the building and took cover, later we relocated to the state Collation Centre for safety.
“There were gunshots, there was chaos and the electoral documents were carted away by one Dr Umar Tanko Yakasai, who was my former student, I know very well.”
The presiding judge, Justice Halima Shamaki adjourned the matter to August 26th for further hearing.