A total of 1.891m votes were cast during the elections, raising an eyebrow with many assuming the figures were concocted. APC got a total of 1.4m votes.
Reacting to this allegation, Governor Ganduje who spoke with state house correspondents after paying a congratulatory visit to President Buhari, said those in doubt of the figures are not serious
“First of all, they are not serious people, they are people who are anti-democracy. If you have seen how the elections were conducted I think everybody will agree that INEC tried very well. Even though there was low turnout of voters because we were expecting to get much more than that, but the election was fair and free.
“Those who say we couldn’t have got that much are ignorant of the politics of Kano.” he said
On why the state was unable to provide the five million votes he promised during the campaigns, President Buhari said
“Well, I told you it’s because of the low turnout of voters but I promise you next time…let’s look towards the governorship election.”
When asked if he is optimistic he will be voted into office again, Governor Ganduje said
“My chances are very high and you can see the beginning of it with the presidential elections. We gave Mr. President the highest number votes, all the three senators are back, 24 House of Representatives members out of 24 have succeeded. What else are you expecting? That is the foundation.
Another thing is that Mr. President has done a lot of work in Nigeria and in Kano and as a government we have done a lot in Kano State. If there was negative reaction we would have seen it from the presidential election. That is why I say we are heading for a huge success in Kano both in the gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections.”