President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday supported Governor Mohammed
Abubakar in challenging in court the decision by the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resume collation of results
instead of conducting supplementary elections this weekend in Bauchi
The electoral body had declared the exercise inconclusive and scheduled a rerun in Tafawa/Balewa council area of the state.
questions from State House Correspondents after he met with the
president in Abuja, the governor declared INEC’s action as illegal.
Abubakar said he had come to brief the nation’s number one citizen on his next line of action.
He said: “I am a lawyer and I am pursuing the legal angle. I briefed him and he emphasised that it is the best way to go.”
the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has blamed the loss of Bauchi on
malfunctioned card readers.
Addressing reporters in Abuja, he
enjoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to rush into jubilation,
as “INEC would be made to offer explanations” for the alleged
Alleging collusion, Nabena wondered how APC that won
21 seats to PDP’s five in the state assembly could have lost the
While justifying the need for a rerun at the
aforementioned council, the spokesman recalled that the returning
officer, Mrs. Dominion Anosike, had alleged intimidation and harassment
during collation of the results.
On the already declared Katagum
Federal House of Representatives result in favour of PRP, the national
officer described it as an error on the part of INEC.
“It is a
clear case of inconclusive election because the margin between the PRP
and APC candidates is less than the cancelled votes. So, we are
demanding justice if INEC is not deliberately against the APC, “ he
Also yesterday, a former commissioner of information and
chieftain of the party in the state, Alhaji Salisu Barau, and Concerned
Citizens of Tafawa Balewa kicked against the resumption of collation
today by the electoral umpire.
INEC had declared the results of local council inconclusive citing theft of original result sheets by hoodlums on March 10.
with newsmen, the caretaker chairman of the support group, Salihu
Barau, stated that the law provides that such the decision could only be
reversed by a court of law or tribunal.
He maintained: “There is
no certainty on the genuineness of the allegedly generated results.
Thus, we have lost confidence in INEC as it is apparent there would be
no justice in the whole exercise.”
The PDP candidate, Bala
Mohammed, is ahead of the incumbent governor with over 4,000 votes in
the results announced from 19 of the 20 local governments by the
returning officer, Muhammad Kyari.