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​The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari has dipped in his stomping grounds of Kano and Katsina states.

The PDP, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said the loss of popularity was evidenced by alleged primitive cheating and deployment of heavily armed security operatives to muscle votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s House of Representatives bye-election in Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency of Katsina State.

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The PDP reckoned that the development is also proof that President Buhari, like his party, is no longer popular in his home state.

The opposition party also claimed that Saturday’s Kano State Local Council election was marked by outright cheating, open underaged voting and ballot stuffing.

“These two elections have signified that the APC cannot win any free and fair election, even in their supposed stronghold,” the PDP said. It equally claimed the fact that it legitimately polled 22,690 votes to the 30,719 fraudulently allocated to the APC provided proof that PDP was the winner of the election.