Groups of election observer have faulted the Kaduna State governorship election won by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, alleged it was marred by irregularities.
The groups led by Prof Banake Sambo of the Initiative for the Promotion of Civic Obligation and Sustainable Peace disclosed at a press conference on Friday in Kaduna that some of their agents were brutalised by soldiers during the March 9 polls
The group, however, said it would not call for the cancellation of the poll based on the irregularities.
Sambo alleged massive vote-buying at polling units in Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Ikara and Kubau where Governor el-Rufai got substantial votes.
He said card readers were not used for the election in some polling units in 10 LGAs.
He listed the LGAs as Giwa, Zaria, Sabon-Gari, Ikara, Lere, Igabi, Soba, Kaduna South and Kaduna North.
He also alleged that incidents of ballot box snatching were recorded in 13 polling units in Birnin-Gwari LGA.
He said, “However, no loss of life was reported anywhere as a result of electoral violence.”
He added, “Instances of voters and agents being intimidated; and violent acts aided by the military were noted in Kwasallo ward in Soba LGA.
“The military led by senior local council officials disrupted voting, unleashed terror and carted away ballot boxes in some of the polling units in Ikara, Fala, Sayasaya, Kurmin Kogi, Rumi Auchan, Kuya, Paki, Jamfalan and saulawa wards in Ikara LGA. Some of our observers were attacked.”