Residents of Kano State, on Monday, defied the curfew imposed by the state government to celebrate the victory of the candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples’ Party, Yusuf Abba, as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Videos show the residents in large numbers jubilating the emergence of Abba, despite the imposed curfew. The Kano State government had imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew with a view to avoiding a breakdown of law and order, following tensions generated from the collation of results of the fovernorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
The Kano State Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Mallam Muhammad Garba, said the decision was “to prevent hoodlums from causing chaos in the already tense situation.”
According to the results declared by the Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Ahmed Ibrahim, the NNPP candidate polled 1,019,602 votes to defeat his closest rival, Nasiru Gawuna of All Progressives Congress, who polled 890,705 votes.
Abba’s victory was a major defeat for the ruling APC and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who is the party’s leader Kano State. The NNPP similarly defeated the APC by a landslide in Kano State during the February 25 presidential poll.