Kano rerun: Ganduje, Yusuf make last-minute efforts to woo voters

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and the  candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Mr Abba Yusuf,  made last-minute efforts to woo voters  in Gama, a vital ward in the heart of the state capital, on Thursday and Friday ahead of today’s governorship run-off.

Investigations  by our correspondent revealed  that both camps made multiple visits to voters in the area and held mini-rallies in a desperate bid to get  votes.

The state government intensified work on the  road projects started this week in Gama, forcing PDP supporters to mark the roads with inscriptions praising Yusuf.

They wrote, Abba Gida-Gida (Abba, who moves from house to house), a message suggesting that Yusuf was the one on  the ground in Gama, a location in Nassarawa Local Government Area.

The  Independent National Electoral Commission’s statistics  indicate that  Gama will  decide Ganduje and Yusuf’s fate.

The statistics show that while the supplementary elections will take place in 279 voting points spread across 28 local government areas, 62 of the polling units are located in Gama alone.

Also, out of  128,324 people registered to vote in the 28 local government areas today, about 50,000 reside in Gama.

Many Gama residents  believe  the area  holds the aces for Ganduje and Yusuf, as a winner there will win the run-off.

In the results of the March 9 election released before the governorship poll was declared inconclusive, Yusuf  led with 1,014,474 to Ganduje’s 987,819.

While the governor won in 28 out of the 44 LGAs in the state, Yusuf won 16, but scored more  votes than the APC.

While  Ganduje’s  supporters held their rally at the mini-stadium in Tudun Wada, the Yusuf’s supporters  staged theirs on the expansive road leading to the residence of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Kwankwaso, a former governor of the state, is the PDP’s main force in the state.

Meanwhile, there was an increased  police presence in the state on Friday.

Speaking on the level of preparedness for the election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Riskuwa Arab-Shehu, said all sensitive materials were moved to the LGAs on Friday.

 

 

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