Kano Emir calls for calm as INEC declares election inconclusive

Acheme Jack, Kano

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The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has appealed to residents to dispel rumours over the outcome of the Governorship election and remain calm.

The  Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC based on the act guiding it and relying on chapter 26, had on Monday night declared the election inconclusive, owing to differences in the little margin of leading vote and the high number of cancelled votes.

The Emir in Media briefing at his palace  to douse tention occassioned by the cancellation called residents to avoid unguided statements that may cause crisis..

He said “the law empowers only INEC to announce results of election and that should be respected; therefore,  those sharing results not released by the electoral body should stop it.

“ INEC is the only body accorded the power under the law to announce election results and it has done that announcing the election as inconclusive, hence, there will be re-run.” 

He urged  politicians not to heat up the polity by comments that can create chaos.

“Politicians should not see elections as war but rather a contest that should be conducted in friendly atmosphere,” the Emir said.

He appreciated the security agents for their efforts of sustaining peace in the State before, during and after the election, especially, the Commissioner of Police, Wakili Mohammed.

Schools and markets had remain shot in recent days owing to fear of attacks and vandalization. However, they are gradually beginning to pick up.

 

Confidence Okwuchi