The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Civil Society organisations under the auspices of Alliance for Good Governance have demanded immediate prosecution of the APC chairman arrested in possession of over three hundred (300) permanent voter’s card PVCs in Kano.
It would be recalled that the suspect who was identified as Aminu Ali Shana, was last Friday arrested in possession of several numbers of PVCs by the state police.
The suspect was also observed to have been identified as the All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman of Yautan Arewa ward, in Gabasawa local government council of Kano state.
The offence, as observed by The Trumpet, is contrary to section 21 and 22 subsection 1 (a), (b) and (c) of the electoral act 2022 as amended.
At the time of filing this report, the police, as gathered by our correspondent, have since transferred the suspect to the department of criminal investigation (CID) of Kano state command in Bompai for further investigation.
In a statement on Sunday issued in Kano, the state chairman of the NNPP chairman, Umar Haruna Doguwa directed the party’s legal team to file a petition against the suspect and his core sponsors.
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He said “I directed our legal advisor to also write to the electoral umpire (INEC) to as a matter of responsibility pursue necessary action on the matter” adding that “the issue of PVC hoarding has been a source of major concerns in Kano ahead of the 2023 general elections.”
NNPP he said has been “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 this case to a logical conclusion in the interest of protecting democratic 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.
Doguwa also noted with dismay, the attempts of the ruling APC to downsize the number of votes in forthcoming 2023 elections to shortchange the chances of NNPP in Kano and Nigeria.
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