…..Opposition parties and civil society demand immediate prosecution of the suspect.
From Chris Mario Ugbong.
As political activities in the Country hot up ahead of the 2023 general elections, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP), and Civil Society Organizations under the auspices of Alliance for Good Governance have demanded for the immediate prosecution of the APC Chairman arrested in possession of over three hundred (300) permanent voter’s cards, PVCs, in Kano.
The suspect simply identified as Aminu Ali Shana, who is the Yautan Arewa Ward Chairman of APC in Gabasawa local Government of Kano State was arrested on Friday October 14th, 2022.
The alleged offense is contrary to sections 21 and 22 subsections 1 (a), (b), and (c) of the electoral act 2022 as amended.
The suspect is reported to have been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, (CID), of the State Command in Bompai for further investigation.
In a statement issued in Kano, the State NNPP Chairman, Hon. Umar Haruna Doguwa had directed the party’s legal team to file a petition against the suspect and his core sponsors.
“I have directed our legal advisor to also write to the electoral umpire (INEC) to as a matter of responsibility pursue necessary action on the matter” Doguwa confirmed in the statement
He said the issue of PVC hoarding has been a major concern in Kano ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“We are naturally vindicated by this arrest, we keep our fingers crossed as we await the next steps to be taken by both the Independent National Electoral Commission and Nigeria Police”
The NNPP said it will pursue the case to a logical conclusion in the interest of protecting democratic values and principles.
The Party Chairman applauded the efforts of the Kano State Police Command for ensuring proper investigation into the matter that could lead to further arrests of other suspects.
Hon. Doguwa also noted with dismay, the attempts of the ruling APC in the State to downsize the number of registered voters in the forthcoming 2023 elections in order to shortchange the chances of NNPP in Kano State and in the Country.