Returning officer fails to declare winner in Bauchi South senatorial election

Returning officer fails to declare winner in Bauchi South senatorial election

- The returning officer for Bauchi South senatorial district, Prof Ahmed Sarkin-Fagam, did not declare a winner for the election

- APC scored the highest votes but could not be announced winner as it had failed to substitute its candidate as directed by a court

- Bauchi South district comprises of Toro, Dass, Tafawa-Balewa, Alkaleri, Kirfi,Bogoro and Bauchi local government areas

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, February 26 garnered the highest total votes cast for the Bauchi South senatorial district but the returning officer, Prof Ahmed Sarkin-Fagam, could not declare a winner for the election.

Announcing the result in Bauchi, Sarkin-Fagam, a lecturer with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, said APC scored 250,725 votes, ahead of other parties, but had no candidate recognized by the law as it had failed to substitute its candidate, Senator Lawal Gumau, as directed earlier by a court of law, NAN reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that he said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Garba Dahiru, came second with 175,527 votes, while Lawal Ibrahim of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), placed third, with 43,386 votes.

The returning officer said candidates of 18 political parties contested for the senatorial seat in the zone.

Commenting on the development, INEC resident electoral commissioner in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, explained that APC had failed to substitute a candidate for the poll as ordered by the court.

According to him, the candidature of Senator Lawal Gumau representing the district was nullified by a court, prior to the election, with an order that the party should substitute the candidate.

He said that up till the time of the conduct of the election, the party had failed to obey the court order; as such, Gumau could not be returned as winner of the election.

Bauchi South district comprises of Toro, Dass, Tafawa-Balewa, Alkaleri, Kirfi,Bogoro and Bauchi local government areas.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier ordered that Gumau be substituted with another candidate, Ibrahim Zailani, who had challenged the outcome of the APC primaries in the state.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Mohammed Sani Musa of the APC was declared winner of the Niger East senatorial district election held on Saturday, February 23.

Announcing the result on Monday, February 25 in Minna, the returning officer, Professor Ali Audu Jega, said Musa scored 229,415 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Ishaku Ibrahim of the PDP, who polled 116,143 votes.

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