Two Governors of Kano state have inadvertently exposed the smoking gun proving that contrary to the Electoral Act, No.6 of 2010 (as amended), foreigners were illegally used to win elections in Kano and other states, revealed Reno.
On April 13, 2015, the then Kano Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (now the APC Senator representing Kano Central), who spoke on live programme to Channels TV (he cannot claim to have been misquoted in a live video) said, ‘Almajiri votes were used to kick Jonathan out of the Villa.’
Fast forward to April 7, 2017, and the current Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, while speaking at the Kaduna Investment Summit, said “In Kano, we undertook a survey and we found out that we have more than three million ‘Alma iris,’ and ‘almajiri-syndrome’ is one of the serious problems that we have in the North West geopolitical zone. What we discovered from our survey is that many of these ‘almajiris’ come from Niger Republic, some from Chad, northern Cameroon.”
If, according to Kwankwaso, Almajiris were used to win the 2015 elections and if according to Ganduje, most of them are foreigners, it means non Nigerians decided the 2015 elections. This is particularly crucial considering that President Muhammadu Buhari got his highest votes from Kano, Kaduna and Katsina, in that order, and these are the three states also in that order with the highest number of almajiri!
This is not sour grapes. I am satisfied that the Jonathan era came to an end on May 29, 2015. I have moved on. I run my own business that provides me more income than the salaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aides. I cannot be more Catholic than a Pope, who admitted his defeat. This is not about the past, but about the future.
In a post-mortem of the 2015 elections, it was established that the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, won the presidency on the strength of votes from Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Kaduna, which gave him the edge over the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
At the end of the day, Buhari polled 15,424,921 to Dr. Jonathan’s 12,853,162 votes, defeating the incumbent by about 2,571,759 votes.
In Kano state, the APC candidate polled a total of 1,903,999 votes to the PDP candidates 215,779, a difference of 1,688,220.
In Katsina state, the APC candidate polled a total of 1,345,441 votes to the PDP candidates 98,937, a difference of 1,246,504.
In Kaduna state, the APC candidate polled a total of 1,127,760 votes to the PDP candidates 484,085, a difference of 643,675.
In Jigawa state, the APC candidate polled a total of 885,988 votes to the PDP candidates 142,904, a difference of 743,084.
These four states gave the candidate of the APC a total advantage of 4,321,483 votes over the candidate of the PDP. Now, ask yourself: how many of those votes belonged to the foreign almajiri the Governor of Kano confessed to? Imagine the portends for Nigeria’s national security if foreign nationals determine our elections. What about our census figures? What about our National Identity Card Scheme? What about social security?
To put things in perspective, the biggest political issue in the United States today is Russia’s alleged influence in the 2016 US Presidential elections in favour of President Donald Trump. Though I do not believe the allegations, the mere suspicion that a foreign and hostile nation may have played a role in swaying the minds of the electorate has given rise to a congressional investigation and dominated the mainstream media.