Opposition parties under the Coalition Of United Political Parties (CUPP), Kaduna State branch, has rejected the declaration of Nasir El-Rufai as the winner of the governorship election in Kaduna State.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared El-Rufai the winner of the election after polling 1,045, 427 votes, beating his closest opponent Hon. Isa Ashiru Kudan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 814,168 votes.
But Chairman of CUPP in the State, Hon. Umar Farouk Mairaqumi expressed disappointment that INEC went ahead to announce APC as the winner of the election despite different issues that marred the election.
The opposition parties comprising of 37 political parties and 18 governorship candidates, therefore, rejected the result.
“The Smart Card Readers (SCR) were not used in some parts of the state namely: Igabi, Kaduna South, Kaduna North. Giwa, Lere, Birnin Gwari and Soba local government areas respectively.”
“Over 650 polling units with over 400,000 votes were cancelled and our agents reported at various collation centres but INEC decided to ignore our complains and went ahead to announce the results,”
“It is in the light of the above that we the 37 political parties and 18 governorship candidates that participated in the gubernatorial election in Kaduna State hereby reject the result in its totality and we shall pursue all lawful means to ensure justice is done to the people of Kaduna State and their stolen mandate restored,” Mairaqumi said.