By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The National Chairman of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Senator Saidu Muhammad Dansadau has called for the cancellation of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Zamfara state over alleged irregularities and intimidation of voters.
Dansadau who is the NRM governorship candidate in Zamfara State, made the allegations in a press briefing on Sunday in Gusau, alleged that result sheets were not delivered to more than half of the polling units in the state and over 70% of the votes casts in the state were illegitimate.
The NRM governorship candidate added all the irregularities including the burning of the election materials as witnessed during the elections were parts of deliberate attempts by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the elections.
Dansadau alleged that security operatives beat up voters and electoral officials in some areas.
He said in Wonaka community in Gusau local government area and many other places, armed bandits were used to compel people to vote for the ruling party which they obliged for fear of the loss of their dear lives.
“This is unacceptable, we are appealing to the INEC National Chairman Professor Mahmud Yakubu to cancel the entire elections in Zamfara state”, he said.
He described the Saturday’s elections in Zamfara state as charade despite the assurance from President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government, the national chairman of the INEC and the head of security agencies that there would credible, free and fair elections.
In their separate reactions, the Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC Zamfara state, Malam Garba Galadima described the allegations as baseless.
The Publicity Secretary, APC Zamfara State, Alhaji Shehu Ahmad Isah described the allegations as bogus and figment of the elderly politician’s imagination.
Zamfara state Police Commissioner, Mr Celestine Okoye
said the Command did not receive any report of voter intimidation or election disruption in any part of the state.