On Saturday, some supporters of the All Progressives Congress, which is otherwise known as APC, protested the Kaduna State Electoral Commission’ s proclamation of the just- concluded council election as inconclusive in the Jema’ a Local Government Area of the state.
The protesters which not only include women but nursing mothers as well as youths, who raved the SIECOM office along the Sokoto Road in the metropolis, gave the electoral body 24 hours to nullify its decision and proclaim the APC candidate, Yunana Barde winner of the poll.
On Friday, Saratu Dikko- Audu who is the Chairman of the SIECOM, announced four local government areas in the state where the council poll took place on Saturday 4th, September, 2021, inconclusive and the local governments are Jaba, Kauru Jema’ a, Kachia, Soba LGAs.
The SIECOM boss had explained that the results of the affected LGs were inconclusive because elections could not be held in some wards.
Nonetheless, the protesters mandated the instantaneous reversal of the SIECOM’ s decision while also saying that the election was held at Jema’ a LG and a winner was dully announced by the Returning Officer as enshrined in the Constitution.
The protesters were seen carrying placard with such inscriptions such as ” we reject injustice in Jema’ a, ” ” Yunana Garde won in Jema’ a” , ” Jema’ a LG election, free and fair, ” ” Justice for Jema’ a” , ” all election were declared in Jema’ a” ” there was peaceful election, ” ” give us our mandate won by Mr. Yunana Garde” among others.
They also chimed solidarity songs, ” we don’ t want, ” ” give us our mandate” as well as ” our candidate, Barde won. ”
Humble Katuka who is the leader of the protesters and former Chairman of Jema’ a LGA had advised the Commission against robbing the party of victory.
According to him, he said, ” We are here at the headquarters of the SIECOM over the recent pronouncement of the commission chairman which got to us as a rude shock and so, today, representatives of the conference of Jema’ a from the grassroots gathered here so as to expressed this great shock and disappointment. ”
Another party leader, Sanusi Maikudi, at a press conference shortly after the protest, gave the commission 24 hours to invalidate its decision, saying that the people were ready to protect their mandate voluntarily given to them at the poll.